There are three different ways to receive to a gift:
1. With guilt.
I don’t deserve this.
What will people think?
They know I didn’t earn it.
How do I embrace this?
I’m so embarrassed.
Preoccupied with self and obsessed with appearances, this response is helpful to no one.
2. With entitlement.
Come on, we all know this was mine to begin with.
Keep the influx coming.
Don’t you know who I am?
Fueled by an oblivious sense of self-importance, this response is also helpful to no one.
3. With gratefulness.
Wow, thank you!
I don’t know what to say.
How can I honor this gift?
How can I serve this opportunity?
How can I show everyone what this means to me?”
Drenched in gratitude, this gift becomes a blessing to everyone.
Take a second and think about your gifts. A relationship. Family. Your job. A place to live. Your church. That next breath. (Your salvation). How do you receive them? Have you even stopped to considered that they’re gifts?
Choose number three.