Have you ever been going along, minding your own business, and truth is profound in the mundane? That's what happened to me as I was trying to stoke the fire. Follow me over to Beyond the Nook and I'll tell you the story!
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One particular weekend last February was filled with beauty. The tables beautifully set beckoned us to sit, enjoy, feast and build community with one another. The living room was prepared with pillows, blankets and a warm fire to welcome us as we sat, stood, or knelt before the Lord. Over the satellite feed...we saw, heard and experienced the beauty of God with millions of other women around the world. We were only a drop in the bucket...but God was moving. This was IF:LOCAL. "IF:God is real...then what?" was the question asked and answered that weekend. We walked with Joshua as he lead God's people through his faith in the Lord's provisions. ...
Since late in November, I have been healing from some pretty deep wounds, and although the wound is healing well, and is not as raw as it once was, I realized last week as I was trying to reassess and set goals and priorities for 2015, that my thoughts were still being influenced by it's bite. So I came to the Cross, tainted glasses adorning my eyes, as feelings of a failure…confused, bewildered and astonished resurfaced.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
Have you taken this verse to mean it is better to give and negative...or even bad...to receive? I think many of us, whether subconsciously or not, have indeed have misinterpreted this verse. It is NOT bad, to receive! If we don't receive...How can another GIVE? If the Lord asks me to give something, there has to be a recipient or there is no point in giving. RIGHT?
When my parents give and are met with objections from the recipient, I have always heard them say, "Now don't steal my blessing by not receiving what God has placed on my heart to give." Now that is a GREAT way to look at giving and receiving. Both sides are active. Receiving, many times, take more effort than giving. So if you are in a season of receiving...practice receiving with joy, knowing that you have bestowed blessing upon those who have given to you.
Does that change your perspective a little?
I love that the Lord gives me opportunity to live out what He is speaking to my heart! I love that He is pushing me to engage in commUNITY in so many different ways. But, remember that commUNITY begins with UNITY with God...doing what HE lays on our hearts to do, investing in who HE lays in our paths, and being filled up with HIM so we can offer a gift of Life to those around us.
When have you found it better to give than receive? How will you be a more gracious receiver?