Good givers are good receivers.
Part of the natural rhythm of living a life of generosity is allowing yourself to receive. We know it to be true instinctively. If we give and give, never allowing ourselves to receive, pretty soon we’ll have nothing left to give. An empty pitcher will never spill over.
I confess, I’m not a good receiver. I would rather “be on top”, playing the hero, the helpful friend, the independent woman who needs no one. After all, I’d hate to “owe” someone!
But all that pride, while it looks so virtuous and generous at first, slurps the joy right out of giving.
A good giver knows the joy of giving and receives so that someone else can experience it.
A good giver knows she needs to be filled up in order to give, so she allows herself to receive from Jesus.
A good giver gives in humility, knowing no one wants “gifts” and "favors" given out of patronizing pity.
A good giver humbles herself in order to receive grace and mercy from above.
Receiving is uncomfortable. It’s a skill that needs to be practiced, requiring perseverance and a little mental toughness.
Want to be generous? Learn to become a good receiver.
Is receiving hard for you? How do you practice becoming a good receiver?