As I grew up I looked forward to receiving things. It was about getting something more than giving something.
As I have said before, with age comes wisdom. For me now it is so much more about giving than receiving. But I am not talking about material things per se. But more untangible things - your time, a kind word, a good deed. You see, things and stuff will wear out and be discarded. But the others will last. This is something I try to do each and every day. To make a difference in someone’s life. A bit of encouragement. A word of advice or praise. To lift someone up. To bind a wounded spirit. In this world there is so much hate and violence. Most of these things I can not fix. But in areas I can, I feel it is my solemn privilege to do good. Cause no harm. Be a blessing to those who do not know or can not repay it. But this is tempered with wisdom so as to not foolishly squander the gifts I have been given. But there is no greater joy than to be a blessing.
I am reminded of a man walking on a beach early in the morning. The tide had left hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand. The birds were feasting on them and they could not get away. He started to throw the starfish one by one into the surf. Someone came up to him and said, “You can not save them all!” To that he replied, "that is true but I can save this one" and that is what matters!
You can not do everything, but choose to do good and be a blessing in the areas the Lord has given to you!