Growing up in Louisiana, there were words and phrases we used all the time that were just normal for us. Like the word Lagniappe, meaning “a little something extra”.
When we were younger, my mom used to always tell us that the fries at the bottom of the McDonalds bag were lagniappe. Or that the extra dollar we would get for allowance was lagniappe.
But, no one ever mentioned the word lagniappe when they were referring to more homework or an unexpected medical bill. Lagniappe always represented a little more of a good thing.
I remember hearing that word so much growing up that it became as familiar as someone saying “Hi.” But, I hadn’t heard it or said it in a long time. Truth be told, I hadn’t even thought about the word at all lately.
During my adventures of never ending laundry this afternoon, I was thinking about the sweet time I spent with special friends this morning.
We gathered around the table, talked about The Loved Bible Project, and spent time loving on bibles for people in our community. There were great conversations, lots of laughs (and a few tears) and stories about life.
As I folded another shirt, I thanked God for all that He has done to bless me in my life, all the opportunities He has given me and all the people He has placed beside me. And, I thanked Him for the group of women He placed around my table this morning that I get to do life with.
And, in a sweet gentle voice I heard, “This is lagniappe.”
Sometimes I wonder how God can be so good to me. I’m not saying my life has been perfect, but I can look back and see that during the most difficult times, He never left. And He always provided exactly what I needed in that moment.
I know that if God never does anything else for me, He’s already done enough by sending His Son to die on a cross for me. I know that Jesus taking my sins upon Him at Calvary is more than enough. So, anything else that He blesses me with or allows me to do as part of in His Kingdom, is lagniappe.
Sometimes I have a habit of believing that God owes me. I believe I deserve more or better. I can quickly forget everything that I’ve already been given.
How many of us have taken the time lately to look around and see the blessings we’ve received? How many of us have stopped in the midst of our crazy life and thanked God for the lagniappe?
I realized this morning that ANYTHING God does for me is lagniappe. And, the truth is, God sending Jesus to die in my place, so I can spend eternity in Heaven with Him is lagniappe too.
So, why do we spend so much time expecting more, when we’ve already been given more than we deserve?
Friends, I encourage you to take time and thank God for all the lagniappe He has already given you.