It was one of those day, and I was exhausted.
As I drove up to the post office, I saw a collection of people with clipboards milling outside the entrance I knew what that meant. They wanted my time or my attention or my money. The problem that day was that I didn’t have anything left to give. My battery was drained.
I tried to avoid eye contact with the group as I entered the post office, but a man approached me and said, “Excuse me. The postage rates went up today. Would you like some 2 cent stamps?” He must have seen the suspicion in my eyes because he continued, “We’re from the church across the street, and we want to do something to let people know we cared.”
I looked at the sheet of postage stamps he offered. A quick calculation showed he value was 40 cents.The total value was 40cents. Then I looked at the generosity in this man’s eyes, and knew that his gift was priceless. The moment I received his gift, a wave of renewed vitality washed over me. I knew that I could go on and meet the challenges before me with an open heart instead of a closed one.
You may be one of those people who does a better job of giving than receiving.Receiving may be downright difficult for you.What surprises me is the magic that happens when I find the courage to say yes to the gifts that come my way. How little it takes to recharge so I can go on giving. Getting this page of stamps was like putting in a gallon of gas in the car and going another 100 miles. All you have to do is be willing to say yes to the gifts that come your way.
The thought of the day is this: Find the courage to receive.
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