Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 3: The weight of expectation often cripples our giving. We cannot give without expecting something in return. Whether it be money, titles, and resources or more existential things like love, accolades, and compassion, we intrinsically demand something in return. We truly believe every gift and talent we possess should only come forth with a price that others pay. And while we all have the right to be worthy of our hire, something sordid dwells in the idea that every time we share who we are or what we can do well, a cost must be measured, counted, and paid in the name of blessing somebody else.
The innate gifting in which each of us have opportunity to walk should not carry with it so heavy a burden as selfishness. Rather, these gifts are made to bless others and not ourselves. We are blessed–I am blessed to be a blessing.
As I grow in grace, I am learning to give without expectation, understanding now what it means to be gifted. When I look at who I am and what feats I am able to accomplish, I can now recognize not only how I am meant to serve the greater good of this world but also how my gifts make room for others and me to prosper in some way. What a better world this would be if we could wake up each day asking ourselves and The Divine One, “How can I use my gift to be a blessing?”
Today, I am grateful for the knowledge that I am made to allow divinit to flow through my gifts to others, and that by doing so, I can be the change the world so desperately needs. I no longer wonder how I can get paid to be myself; I now rest in the truth that these gifts will pay for themselves for generations. And as my gifts make room for me, it will lead me into greater spaces where I can take others with me.
“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
Proverbs 18:16 KJV
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