It's actually easier for me to give than to receive. :-) And I've had to learn how to receive graciously so that I don't rob someone else of their blessing. And sometimes that's what we give--people an opportunity to bless us. Great post, Reba
Your Place in This World
One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How do I find my place in this world?” I’ve asked the question myself. Sometimes I’ve felt like I didn’t belong anywhere because I felt I wasn’t where I should be.
I was out for a walk today and it suddenly hit me. At any given time, our place in the world is right there. It’s where we are, using out gifts to help everyone who crosses our path.
I know what you’re thinking. That place where you are right now isn’t very appealing. You may be unemployed. Homeless. Sick. Tired. Tired of being sick and tired. Hey, I get it.
I’m not talking about your circumstance here as if you are supposed to stay there. Quite the contrary but here’s the thing. You’re there at this precise moment. That’s where you are. That’s your little slice of circumstantial terra firma of planet earth.
Why not make the best of it? Do this:
1) Look around you to see who needs help, encouragement, lifted up out of the quagmire.
2) Reach into your bag of gifts and pull out something to bless them. Your spiritual gifts are exactly what they need at this moment.
3) Reach out to them and bless them. Give them a hand and help pull them up.
You might be wondering when someone is going to come by to bless you. After all, you really need help. The help comes in the giving, not the receiving. You’ll feel a thousand times better almost immediately just by taking your eyes off your circumstance and focusing on the needs of others. Trust me on that one.
Also, the Bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive. That’s not an empty platitude that sounds like the noble thing to do. Oh, no! You really DO receive the greater blessing. Your needs will be met in abundance. You’ll have to trust me on that one as well.
Look, if you’re in a rough place right now, you already feel like you’re in the earthquake I experienced last Friday night. You’re shaky and wondering where your place is in this world. Why not try it? I think you’ll be surprised.
I’d like to challenge you—if you’re brave enough—to do this for seven days. If at the end of seven days of consistently reaching out to help others right where you are you don’t feel better and have more of a sense of purpose, contact me and I’ll print a retraction of this blog post, telling the world I was wrong. But I’m not wrong. If you do it, it will change your life and your world. I promise.
Look around you right where you are. What do you see? Who can you help right now? Share it here!