Why is it uncomfortable to be on the receiving end or express my gratitude? Last year I wrote about how I’m used to always being the giver and provider. If someone needed something, anything, more than likely I could get it for them or at the very least point them in the right direction. I prided myself in taking care of others, perhaps even to a fault. It made me began to realize what having an “attitude of gratitude” really means.
It is so easy to give all things with joy – I don’t care if it’s the shirt off my back – if you need it and I have it, it is yours. I expect absolutely nothing in return. But, being able to receive with that same kind of joy is something different. I pray God doesn’t allow me to quit working on it though, because I wish for someone to feel just as blessed when they give to me as I feel in receiving it.
Why the hesitation then? I find myself having reservations and fears of what expectations a person has if I accept their help. I’ve had too many experiences with people who have an ulterior motive for giving (even in my own family while growing up.) I realize a lot of that has to do with surrounding myself with criminals while being undercover too, but non-the-less, it is what I’ve experienced the most of. I’m sure you don’t have to hang out with a bunch of thugs in order to relate to this though?
Even as I write, I’m thinking, perhaps past experiences have clouded my hope and perspectives more than I’ve realized… Unfortunately, I just kind of expect the worst to happen, but I was also trained to look for it, so that is where my focus has most often been. That is not how I wish to view the world and people around me anymore though.
Blessings! Then there are those who give selflessly and without any other motive than to love and help others like Jesus would. Maybe I shouldn’t feel as surprised, as I often am, to find this in today’s society, because I do know people like this. I am blessed to have friends with the heart of God! So yes, I realize there is plenty good to be found in this world still, even if I haven’t experienced much of it yet myself.
P.S. I hope you find as much inspiration in the ‘related articles’ about having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ as I did while writing this post. There is some really good stuff there, so enjoy!
- The Simplicity of Gratitude Poetry by Jessie Jeanine
- An Attitude of Gratitude (knowledge-powerblog.com)
- Developing an Attitude of Gratitude (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- Gratitude (opinion.inquirer.net)
- The Kingdom Law Of Gratitude (kingdomofwisdom89.wordpress.com)
- Optimism, Gratefulness, Warm Feelings – Tools of Health and Success on Dr. Carol Francis Talk Radio with Sara Wiseman Author of Her New Book, “Living a Life of Gratitude” (prweb.com)