I am surrounded by people who love others well. Their faces scroll through my mind like a beautiful slideshow and make my heart smile. This love pours out from them, a seemingly effortless and natural extension of themselves. These are real people with stress and problems and junk just like me, yet they give without batting an eyelash and without ulterior motives. The gift might be as small as an encouraging text message, or as big as house-sitting for a week. These are my teachers. I just love watching how they touch the lives of others and learning from them.

It’s humbling to be on the receiving end of it though. I’m not accustomed to it, for one thing. I feel undeserving and unworthy of it. It’s awkward and embarrassing sometimes. I worry that I don’t have what it takes to give back. Once upon a time I chose the easy way. It felt safe and easy to close myself off completely. No risk means no hurt, no chance of failure. No receiving means no extending yourself to give, because giving is risky and if you accept anything you have to reciprocate with at least as much if not more. That was how it worked, right?

Accepting Christ and being open to receiving His amazing love and sacrifice was a hard concept. Jesus, the ultimate model for loving others well. I have to accept His selfless gift, His love and grace while recognizing that I absolutely am undeserving and unworthy of it. He calls me to risk every day. He challenges me to live by His example. He gives me opportunities to reach out and love on others. I hope that I am to someone else, the example of Christ’s love that I see in my sweet friends.

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3 Responses to Shadowing

  1. Jeanette Morgan says:

    thank you for that reminder my friend!

  2. Bonnie says:

    You ARE indeed that example of the love you see in others. A beautiful, bright shining example. Thanks for such an inspirational post. 🙂

  3. I have always had a hard time receiving & several years ago God put me through a time in my life where I had to receive & I remember an older Godly lady telling me that I had to learn to receive just as I had gave. It is still hard to this day but I also know that the other person who is giving to me may be really enjoying it so why should I try to take away their joy of giving. We have to learn that we can’t always “pay back” but we can thank the Lord for using them to bless us.

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