Giving & Receiving

Time is a great commodity ~ one of tremendous value to us all. How we spend it reveals much about us. To step in and lend a hand to one who is in need takes time as well as our means.

Often we are called upon to just listen…sometimes for hours until someone’s soul empties of their frustrations. Lending emotional support to a brother or sister while they are in the midst of crisis, or an important decision, or just feeling overloaded with life, is beyond monetary value.

Paul writes: “Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, ‘How can I help?’ Jesus didn’t make it easy for Himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out.” He implied, “I took on the troubles of the troubled.” [Romans 15:1-6 Message]

Across the years as our family, we remember how others have stepped in and lifted a burden through prayer, service, monetary gifts, repairs needed in the home, and loyal friendship. These acts of kindness have filled our hearts with joy. Over 40 years ago, I was rendered helpless when my thyroid gland shut down. My arms and legs were extremely weighty; it took all the effort I could muster just to fill my lungs with air. For five weeks, the church we attended took over the care and entertainment of our children, prepared three meals a day, cleaned our house, and, most importantly, prayed for my healing. These acts of service were quite humbling…for I had to learn how to receive! I had to overcome embarrassment, temporary helplessness, and to receive help with a mountainload of needs of our family.

What I learned about receiving was an unforgettable life lesson. Receiving provides the opportunity for another to give — sowing a seed that will reap a harvest when they are in need.


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