Harvest Table

Shirley's Corner - The Art of Receiving

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Why is it we are so much more comfortable giving than receiving? We fall all over ourselves when we get an opportunity to bless someone and yet we have trouble being gracious when we are the recipients.

Why is it when we are presented with a token of someone's love, our response is, "You shouldn't have!". Why on earth, do we scold someone for doing good? Instead, why can't we show profuse gratitude and joy over the fact that they thought we were worth their effort? Do we not realize their reward for their actions is our sincere appreciation?

Perhaps we need to lay down some prideful attitudes regarding CHARITY and humble ourselves by becoming excellent receivers.

CHARITY is just another name for LOVE and only a fool would refuse love in any way, shape, or form! Jesus commanded us to love one another, and it is impossible to love and not desire to give. Giving is one of the primary ways we express love. God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that those who receive His gift will also receive eternal life. Those who are too proud to receive His gift will surely perish.

Are we so insecure we feel we don't deserve to receive gifts? That we are not worthy for others to pour out love on us? Wages are earned but gifts are unconditional love. You don't have to work for them and they don't have to be repaid. They are ours to simply enjoy! Receive the gift and ask the Lord to bless the giver.

Jesus taught, "It's better to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35). Therefore we do not seek to become receivers, however, every giver needs a receiver. Though we may never play a game of football, with a little practice we all can become "All American Receivers" !

With love from my chair at the Harvest Table,

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All the while I was reading this I was remembering your telling me that you'd never played a game of football but had learned to be a great receiver. Those word changed me in this area. I pray that many who read will be changed too. Every giver needs a receiver...a gracious one is a blesing...Love...

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