by Lynn Kuhns
The person offered to pay for my lunch. We both fought for our wallet and were eager to take care of the bill. We both wanted to share a blessing to the other person. Neither one of us would back down. It probably made things awkward for a moment with the cashier, as she had an uncomfortable look on her face. She eventually took one card, as I skulked at the fact that it wasn’t mine. I was sure to say that the next time I would get the bill. Relieved that I didn’t have to pay, sad, and at the same time feeling overwhelmingly blessed, and – for a split second – angry. It was a wave of emotions in the span of approximately 30 seconds.
Maybe you have had an experience like this, or maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re okay with letting other people pay the bill, and you don’t fight to take care of it. For me, there are times that I feel guilty for letting other people get the bill, and then I remember the blessing that I am getting in that moment by letting them pay. There is also the blessing that they may get to experience because they sacrificed a little bit for me. I know the blessing I have experienced in those moments that I have done something for someone else.
You know that oft-quoted phrase, “it’s more blessed to give than receive.” You know how you have felt when you were able to do something for someone else, especially when it was something they did not expect. It may have felt even better when you knew that you were being obedient to what the Lord had asked you to do. Don’t let anyone else miss out on that same feeling.
Don’t let someone else miss out on a blessing because you won’t accept their decision to bless you. It sounds simple enough, yet at times, we let our selfishness and pride get in the way. We don’t think that we are deserving of the gift, or we don’t want to admit that we might be in want or need of a blessing.
Sometimes we are stubborn and want to prove that we can do everything on our own. In reality, we can’t. But what if that person was sent to you by the Lord as an answer to your prayers? It could have been an opportunity for them to learn a lesson or gain a blessing. Instead of allowing it to happen, though, you said “No, God, I’ve got this.” In those moments, we say that we (and our plans) are better than Him. We are letting our pride and selfishness prevent something wonderful from happening. We don’t know what the Lord is trying to do in that moment.
So the next time that you decide that you are going to think about turning down the opportunity of someone to bless you, think about this. Think about the blessing that you are not only keeping from yourself but the blessing that you are keeping from them. Remember, we reap what we sow. It’s not always found where we sowed the seed, but it will come back around. Keep looking for ways to bless others, and let them bless you too.