Enjoy this excerpt from Brother David Steindl-Rast:
“Most of us need a good deal of encouragement for giving. The way we are built (or, rather, forced into a warped shape by our society) the taking takes care of itself. It might be a good test if you checked for half an hour how often you say “I take” and how often “I give.” The language we use gives us away. I take a course, take an exam, take a vacation, take a room, take a car, take a ride, take a trip, take a left, take a right, take a rest, take a walk, take a swim, take a drink, take a meal, and finally, when I’m worn out by all that taking, I take a nap. Or at least I try to take a nap, until I find out that I will hardly fall asleep until I give myself to that nap and let the nap take me. But some of us are so set on taking, so unable to give ourselves that we must knock ourselves out with sleeping pills before that poor nap gets a chance to take us.” (Steindl-Rast, Brother David. Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer. New York: Paulist Press, 1984, p. 71.)
- In what way today are you trying to take what you need?
- How might God’s Spirit wanting you to move to a more receptive posture before Him?
- What is He wanting to give to you and even through you today?