Tis Better Give and to Receive

Matthew 6:19

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is so will be your heart.”

I know a few people for whom giving is the most natural response in the world. When you visit them you will go home with arm loads of leftovers and treats made especially with you in mind. Others will see just a little something in their travels and will have to get it for you. They don’t even think about it, it’s like a reflex.  I don’t share in the gift of giving, for me it was a learned behavior, not something that comes easily. Sad but true there are some of us for whom giving takes way too much logic that defies the very act.

In the same vein, I know people for whom receiving is difficult. They feel like they are under a microscope when they open a gift. Their reaction is carefully metered out, receiving for them is work. They do not move freely with joy in receiving. Graciousness is not so easily conjured up.

Why is that? How do we change that? I learned to give by watching others do it. For me it is still a deliberate act, not something that comes quickly. And I work at it continually.

It occurs to me that receiving gifts from the Lord may be hard for some as well. If you are forming an accounting to see if you measure up to the gift, if you don’t think your heart is big enough to receive it, you will certainly miss it.

At the same time, if you’re giving heart is stingy; I wonder what God thinks of that as well?

God sent his son to us, the greatest gift of all, if you are not good at receiving, this gift may very well pass you by….and by the same token, if you are not good at giving, you may not pass this gift along to others.  

Dear Father God,

Help me to give freely of my possessions and time. It says in your word not to store things up that will decay and rust. The old adage of “you can’t take it with you” is so very true. If I really think about it, all the money and nice clothes and pretty knick-knacks are nothing, compared to the gifts you give us.

Help me to be bold in sharing the gift of your love, Father, to remember to share the blessings you give so freely to us.

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