And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
Luke 4:16-20 (ESV)
Lainey is so funny right now. Her language skills are developing at breakneck speed! At this point, she is able to identify yes or no questions by the inflection of your voice. When she understands the words behind the question, she will give you a direct answer. In fact, she’s starting to get quite opinionated!
My favorite thing, though, is how she answers the questions she doesn’t understand. No matter what, it’s a cute little “Yeah.” Sometimes it’s quizzical and sometimes it’s enthusiastic, but it’s always a “Yeah,” even though she has no idea what she’s responding to.
I’m very thankful for this; it’s just a reflection of Lainey’s positive demeanor. There are a lot of toddlers who adopt “No” as their favorite word. Since I tend to have a more pessimistic outlook on life, this is a good lesson for me.
Lainey’s “Yeah” reminds me of the “Yes, And…” principle, a rule used in improv comedy. This rule requires performers to acknowledge and accept input from their surroundings (the “yes” part), and build on that with their own contribution (the “and” part). It forces the comedian to roll with the punches and maintain a positive default response to anything that might happen on stage. Apparently, “Yes, And…” is now being used in business training to promote team building, creativity, and collaboration.
I bet we all could benefit from saying “Yeah” a little more in our lives. It’s a shame to reject an idea or opportunity just because you’re not exactly clear on the details.
Our friend Jenny is throwing Kristen a baby shower today, and she asked me to write a short note that will be read to Kristen as part of the festivities.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Kristen, I can’t imagine a better wife and mother than you are for our family. You have the heart of a servant, the compassion of a saint, and more drive and determination than I know what to do with! I appreciate you more than I could ever express.
I love seeing your relationship with Lainey, and I know you’ll excel as a mother of two.
We have a big job to do while these little souls are in our care. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” I promise to love and support you all along the way, and I look forward to making this journey together.