I attempted to console a friend and neighbor about the prospect of losing her garden-view apartment, by explaining what I like to call, The Law of Receipt. It goes like this; let's say your arms are full of your own personal stuff.
—You know; all the personal stuff you've held on to over the years that really only have meaning to you and no one else. To you, the things in your arms are priceless and their value is purely intrinsic. Every time you look at them, memories come alive in your thoughts and you truly believe they are irreplaceable and priceless. However, these things weigh you down and keep your hands full. You can no longer create new memories because there is no place left to hold or store another thing. Your bills are way overdue, but you cannot "sell" anything because, as you said, your things are priceless.
Now along comes that Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes guy with a $20 million check just for YOU! —You know, that really big check that you must hold with both hands. However, your hands are full, holding on to stuff that you believe you can't let go of. What will you do? --Tell him to put the check on the ground, you'll pick it up later?
—No! —That would be ridiculous! You would drop that stuff, grab that check, and scream like a fire engine siren!
Having vision is the same. The old vision that brought you to the present must die, before the new one that will take you into the future can begin. God's blessings evolve to meet your needs. In order to receive the richness of God's blessing you must drop all the "crap!" --Oops, I mean your personal “stuff,” with all that intrinsic value and open your hands. If your hands are closed, how can you receive anything in the palms of your hands? If your hands are completely full, how can you accept anything new?
This is the simple law of receipt and it carries over into all aspects of your life. In order to receive the richness and continuous evolution of God’s blessings in your life, you must release the old to receive the new. —It really is, just that simple. L.
Study Reference: Genesis 37:5-6, 37:19-34, 39:1-6
From: "The Law of Receipt." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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