We often hear the overused phrase, "It is better to give than to receive." Those words are scoffed and scorned by every child, especially in this Christmas season. Visions of wrapped presents and stuffed stockings are in the hearts of most children.
But the negative of that phrase is very true also. It IS hard to receive.
There are some gifts that just humble me.
They challenge my sense of pride of self-sufficiency.
They make me want to say NO, NO, NO...give it to someone else.
I had that situation come up a couple days ago, when someone handed me a undeserved gift and said, "Merry Christmas early." I looked at it and really was unsure of what to say.
Did I love it? Of course.
Would I value it? Most definitely.
But was it hard to accept? Yes to that too.
Why? What part of my pride found it difficult to receive?
It is because we think we must DESERVE it...EARN it...PAY some way for it.
Not too different from God's grace as well, the undeserved gift of forgiveness and mercy. Perhaps that same pride is the reason so many can't accept it, choosing to go the way of religion, attempting to live in such a way as to earn my salvation.
You can't earn a gift. You just have to swallow your pride and say thanks...and enjoy.