Better to Give or Receive?

Dolores Nasrallah

READ : 1 Timothy 4:4

Some people just don’t know how to receive. They pick up the tab at the restaurant. They speak the perfect word of encouragement to people in their time of need. They make substantial sacrifices so that others can fulfill their goals. But they tend to feel uncomfortable when they are in a position of receiving rather than giving. They feel exposed and vulnerable.

I remember the evening I learned the joy of receiving. I was accustomed to a fast-paced, big city life where eating out was the norm. When I moved as a newcomer to a small town, a family invited me to their home as a dinner guest. As I stepped in the house, the delightful aroma of a home-cooked dinner ushered me through the door. Candles gave a soft glow. Soothing music echoed in my ears. The table was set with the finest china. Personal stories shared over a scrumptious meal filled every one of my senses with delight. The house became a welcoming home. I had entered as a stranger; I left as a good friend.

Although receiving is humbling, God urges us to experience the joy of receiving his gifts with an enthusiastic, thankful spirit. How can you prepare yourself to respond with gratitude and thankfulness when you are on the receiving end of his blessings?


“Father of lights, teach me to receive with gratitude.”