The Comforter – The Receiver

Sometimes you give – Sometimes you receive. I think it’s safe to say that for most of us it is hard to receive. We all like to feel capable, prepared, in control, right? Don’t even try to act like you don’t.

Our family is in a season of receiving. My husband has been a pastor for 19 years. He has given and served well for not only those years, but for all the years I have known him. 

Me. With being so honest about my life – the good, the bad, the ugly – I have allowed myself to be in a position of serving and being there for others on a daily basis… which I love!

The last few weeks have presented a lot of change for us. So much so that we are having to make decisions and seek opportunities we never thought we would make.  

Enter the Givers. The ones who have tread what we will soon tread. The ones that have failed so they can show others how to succeed. The ones who have been hurt so that they can be their for those who have been hurt. 

It’s uncomfortable and comforting all in the same moment. And it’s all beautiful and inspiring. It reminds me of 2 Corinthians 1:4

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

I would like to speak to those of you who may be “comforters” right now. If that is your season… Thank you. You are playing an extremely important and life giving role in someone else’s life.

If you are the “receiver”… receive. Know that this is how it is supposed to work. I know it isn’t easy or comfortable, but it is life giving and it is meant to prepare you for the next step. Let it work. Don’t interfere. Don’t try to control it. Soak it in. Stand down and be humble and receive the gift that others have fought to win so that they can encourage you.