“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” Winston Churchill
Made rich by receiving:
I’m reflecting on the people who make my life rich. Some are local and long-term friends. Others, I’ve never met. One lives with me.
The people who impact us profoundly, believe in us deeply. They encourage more than critique. They see our talent and strengths, even when we don’t. They call us to live up to our potential.
Made rich by giving:
The second form of rich living is giving what we are receiving. People who pour into us, enable us to enrich others.
Everything you will become, began with others.
Receiving and giving:
Last night, I sat on the couch, and, for a moment, held my granddaughter’s hand. This morning, I sat by my wife and held her hand. I did it for me, as much as for them.
Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin.
The illusion of self-sufficiency blocks giving. It’s impossible to give, if we haven’t received.
We give and serve out of frailty.
The less you receive, the less you can give. Perhaps those who can’t give, need to learn how to receive?
Pouring-out creates space to receive, but receiving without giving makes us poor.
Receiving and giving make us rich.