Giving and Receiving

After all, you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give. (C. S. Lewis, British scholar)

Gift-giving is easy, but Lewis suggests that receiving might not be so easy. Have you ever tried to give something to someone who wouldn’t take it? Maybe you wanted to buy their dinner or just offered to help them with some difficult task. But they said, “No, thanks.” Whether it’s pride or self-consciousness, in any case, learning to receive gratefully is important.

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance. (Proverbs 1:5)