Learn to Receive


For years, people said I was generous whenever they spoke about me. I took it as a compliment but didn’t do it for attention or the credit, I gave to others because it made me happy. It still does, but what I’ve learned recently is that knowing how to receive is just as important as understanding the value of giving.

My in-laws are well off, in a way my family never was when I was younger. So they spoil my kids for Christmas and birthdays, and I appreciate it, because a child’s smile is priceless. But I have a hard time accepting their generosity in the same way.

It just feels…wrong. Why should I allow someone to rain gifts on me when I can’t do the same for them? How can I feel good about myself when I can’t spend tons of money on someone that clearly spent close to…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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