It’s been awhile. I have been having issues trying to figure out how to add a “New Post”. I think these WordPress people made some changes. 🙂
Anyway, I think I have got it, again.
So, last week I was finally able to meet up with a friend of mine. I had been trying to give her a Christmas present since December 11th. When I gave her her present, she immediately said, “But I have nothing for you”.
Her reaction was pretty much what I had written about in my objectives/mission. She had difficulty accepting the present. She needed to repay me with something, but couldn’t. I came face to face with that problem or issue. The thing is, is that I hadn’t really prepared myself on how I would or should respond to that false perception. I immediately talked about how she had been driving me to doctor’s appointments etc., to alleviate her guilt. I justified my gift instead of letting a better justification.
Love. She is my friend. It is Christmas. I find great joy in giving presents. It is fun for me. I also enjoy receiving presents. That is fun for me too, so feel free to bring me a present when you drop over. 🙂
I don’t quite know where we got off track on not being able to receive, of having that mentality that nothing is free, of being indebted to the person giving the gift. It seems sad to me that we are a people who cannot or who have difficulty receiving good things/gifts.
And then I think about God. He delights in giving good gifts to His children, and yet I find myself stuck. I too have that same mentality of having difficulty receiving.
I must try and remember that as much joy as I have in giving gifts to those I love, God’s joy must be even greater. And, in not being able to receive His good gifts, I am not only denying myself, but also God. I am stealing God’s joy too, which seems doubly silly. Not only would God be filled with joy for giving the good gift, but in receiving the blessing, so would I. So, I guess my “Still Learning” title ended up being more suitable that I had realized. That makes me smile!!
God’s blessings on you this day. I pray that you would not miss one single good gift that God or that anyone else would want to give you. Amen.