To be able to bestow an act of kindness to someone, there must be a willing receiver.
I was recently struck by this thought. It is so true.
I’ll admit it isn’t easy for me to be a receiver. I’d rather be on the giving end. Oh, I like gifts and all. It’s just when it comes to someone going above and beyond or doing a random kindness, I feel guilty or that I am a bother or “they don’t need to do that.” Yet, when it comes right down to it, that kind of attitude is selfish. You can’t do something for someone if they won’t receive it.
While I believe in self-sufficiency and not just being a taker, learning to become a thankful receiver plays an important role in life too. I like my children to learn to give. And I’m thankful for the receivers. Giving moves me beyond me. Giving helps me carve away at my selfishness that comes from wanting to hang on to everything and call it mine.
Isn’t it interesting that I can be selfish in two seemingly different ways? By wanting to clutch and keep, instead of give. And by being too proud to want to receive.
If I can not learn to be a gracious receiver, I think it poses a greater problem. How will I believe in God’s word and receive His salvation and His grace? If I can not be a humble, thankful receiver, will I truly be able to humble myself before God and receive His gift of eternal life? If I clutch at self-sufficiency and pride, where is there room for grace and brokenness?
And I am beyond thankful for the grace of my Lord and Savior. I am beyond thankful that He came and GAVE His life for me. I am so glad to receive this gift of love from Jesus.