Achieve or Receive?

David Muyskens

READ : Galatians 3:1-5

. . . receive the Spirit. (v. 2)

Achieve or receive? Two different ways of life, two different ways of prayer. In the first, I concentrate on what I can do to make things happen. In the second, I relax and watch and wait for what God is doing.

If achievement is my aim in life, I will work for accomplishments. I will do it for the sake of my ego needs: for esteem, power, comfort, and security.

If receptivity is the way I live, then I will gratefully receive the gifts God gives me. I will use them to the best of my ability. It may well be that accomplishments will result, but that will be because of the grace of God. I will live to receive and participate in all that God gives me.

If achievement is the way I pray, then I will be trying to get God to do what I want. If receptivity is the way I pray, I will be open to whatever God wants to do with me. I will listen. I will spend time in communion with the One who gives me life and loves me. Then I will respond in word and deed to what God calls me to do.

PRAYER

Giver of all Good Gifts, let me be receptive to your grace and love. In Christ. Amen.