“Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
Do you give, thinking that this action is simply presenting the gifts to others that you think they will appreciate? Or do you give because you think it is expected of you?
When you consider WHY you give, remember that what makes any gift special is the thoughtfulness behind the giving. Just as vegetables that are grown in a home garden seem more flavorful because of the care you have given them, your gifts are more meaningful when you center yourself in God. Then, just as the sun gives freely of its warmth with no expectations, so do we give our gifts.
Our gifts may be given in big or small packages, as words of encouragement or as acts of faith. Let us know, however, that what is most important is that our gifts come from the heart. God, working through us, is the true giver and the gift. Centered in God, we are able to give gifts that are centered in love.
It can also be a gift to others, to graciously receive their gifts.
How well do we receive? Do we accept our good knowing that as children of God we are worthy of the highest and the best? Or do we feel as though we do not deserve some good because we have not earned it? Are we resisting good from others because we do not want to owe something in return?
You are filled, today, with the joy of giving a blessing when you give to others. It is important to know that just as we need to share our blessings, so do others. Open your mind to receive. When you are open to receiving good, you will allow others to be channels for the goodness of God.
In Psalms 24:5, the Bible states, “He or she will receive blessing from the Lord.”
What we owe ourselves and others MOST is the opportunity to love and be loved.
Let us allow God to care for us through the words and actions of others, just as we allow God to care for others through us.
Let us accept the fact that we are worthy of the highest and best that life has to offer. The highest and best of life come through us when we consent to give it away; and it comes back to us multiplied when we again consent to accept it.
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:
Dear God, I pray that I may not neglect the help and happiness that I may give, with compassion and love. Make me strong in all the senses that answer to the call of humanity. Help me to guide and protect little children, and to care for the comforts of the old.
In Jesus Christ’s name … Amen.
POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION: I bless every gift that I am given to give, God works through me to bless others.
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone. And all your friends will read ’em. But all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em … ” Kevin Welch
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