In some manner that is not yet clear, it seems fitting that this verse, Acts 20:35, in the VOICE translation, would be the focus of my last post for this third week of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. This week, I have reflected on the concept of loving my loved ones well.
“This is my last gift to you,” the verse states, “this example of a way of live: a life of hard work, a life of helping the weak, a life that choses every day those words of Jesus our King, who said, ‘It is more blessed to give that to receive.’” I think it is fitting because we, I, can be guilty of reaping the benefits of giving to those I love, but robbing them of receiving the blessing that comes from giving. One of the ways I can do so is by hiding a need from them. And it is not always a tangible need. Sometimes it is a need for encouragement; a need to spend meaningful time together.
The reality is that everyone needs to know that they can be of assistance to others in some way. That something they can give is of value. Everyone needs to feel needed and allowing my loved ones to give to me is act of loving my loved ones well.