Around this time last year, I posted an unofficial “theme of 2011” on my blog: Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8) I’ll admit that, at that time, I didn’t think too much about it; little did I know how much that statement would resound in the months to come.
If you know me well enough, you know that I like things to be “completely under control”–and, of course, I have realized that that is not always possible in life Often times this year, I was pushed to step out in faith. Yet amidst the occasional discomfort of not knowing exactly how things would work out, I experienced God’s abundant grace, faithfulness, and providence on a much deeper level. He has shown me that I have to be faithful and diligent, yet always resting in the knowledge that He is the one who gives and takes away. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” In big and small ways, I have discovered that He can give so much more than I hope or imagine, and that I too should be willing to give generously to others.
During this Christmas season, I am especially reminded of the beautiful example of obedience and humility that surrounded Jesus’ birth, and the true meaning of giving freely. I am so thankful for the many lessons learned, and I trust that they will continue in the new year.