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Are You Taking Away the Giver's Blessing?
by Casey Overbeek
12/14/08
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Have you ever been in that place, where you needed to rely on the goodness and kindness of other people? Perhaps there was not enough money to buy the weekly groceries, or the threat has come that the telephone or power will be turned off because t he bill was not paid. Often it brings on anxiety, worry and even fear of what the future will bring.
Suddenly out of nowhere it seems, someone out there knows of your plight and responds in kindness by bringing groceries or a gift certificate or perhaps money that will cover those pressing needs. Remember, God knows all our needs and responds to them in His own way. How do you respond to those kindnesses? Hopefully it is in a way of gratitude and humility; being a blessing while receiving a blessing.

It is selfish to respond in any other way! How can we be a blessing while receiving a blessing?

Will you rob someone’s blessing when they are giving and you are not receiving? Being in that place of receiving where we can validate the giver’s blessing is one of the greatest mercies God gives! We are able to rejoice with them in that place of blessing when we receive their gift! Jesus knew the widow’s plight when she gave the last two mites; she could have really used those two mites herself and He could have told her to keep them for herself, but He refused to rob her of the blessing to give! He authored the principle of giving being the greater blessing. Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
When you are in a place of need, God has just granted you with the one of the most noble and wonderful opportunities to bless a giver. Gratefully and humbly receive the gift, for by doing so; you will validate the love, care and faithfulness of God at work in the lives of His children.

I remember a time when I was always paying for the little extras we did as family. I would pay for the meals when we ate out, or buy the ice cream cones for the kids, or sometimes pay for the tickets at the theater… until one day my sister in law said: “You are no fun; you never let us pay for anything.” I took that to heart and let God teach me that I did not always have to give, but put myself in a place of receiving, so that I would not take away the blessing from others.


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