Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Giving In Reverse

I learned a very important lesson in the past couple of weeks.  A very wise friend told me that it’s a little bit selfish to refuse to allow someone to help you when you need it.  To do so denies the person wanting to help you from receiving the blessings that come to those who want to help.

That didn’t quite hit home until this week.  Usually we’re the ones that do the helping and giving.  This week we’ve hit some personal crises of our own, which seemed insurmountable at the time.  Our church family stepped in to provide the help we so desperately need.  My normal reaction would be to thankfully decline the help, but now I’ve learned the difficult lesson of thankfully accepting the blessings that others want to give.

It’s a hard lesson, one that’s taking a lot of prayer on my part.  I’m not a “taker” – far from it.  I only hope that I’m able someday to give back to those who are giving so much of themselves to help us in our time of need.

-- //Steve//

PS: A profound and heartfelt “thank you” to those of you who have so faithfully provided support and prayer for both Claudia and me during my recent hospitalization.  I’m eternally grateful to all of you, and especially those who have been there to support my wife during this time.  By being there for her, you’ve helped her be there for me – and without her, I seriously doubt I’d be here to post this to you.  She’s the love of my life, someone I really don’t deserve but am grateful beyond words to have in my world.

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