August 15, 2012

Accepting Compliments and Gifts

How do you respond when someone compliments you? Do you accept the praise gratefully or do you suggest that the accolade is unwarranted?  Some people cannot accept a compliment with appreciation.

How do you respond when someone gives you a gift? Do you accept the gift with thanks, or do you suggest the occasion isn’t really important and the gift is unnecessary? Some people cannot accept a gift with gratitude.

Finally, how do you react when someone gives you a helping hand?

Recently, as I was leaving a store, I held a door open while a mother and four small children entered. No one acknowledged my modest courtesy except the smallest child who was about five years old. She said, “Thank you."

Some people find it difficult to accept compliments, gifts or a helping hand. Perhaps it’s a matter of pride and their need to feel independent. They fear that if they accept gifts or help, they will appear to be weak and incapable of helping themselves.

The fact is just about everything we have, except our own initiative, comes from somewhere or someone else. Our education, manners, freedom, opportunities for prosperity and our very life itself have all, or in part, been the result of some other influence in our life. Knowing that, we should all be humbled.

There is a gift that is available to each one of us who believes in the promises of Scripture. It is the gift of forgiveness for our sins.  No one should allow pride or arrogance to keep him or her from accepting this remarkable gift promised by Jesus and ratified by his blood shed freely on the cross.