(November 17, 2015)
I love the emphasis included in this about the way that we receive things being important. There are so many things in our lives that, if we receive them by the Spirit, we can benefit. But those very same things, if we receive them in some other way, we do not benefit from them.
One that comes to mind off the top of my head is science. Science is a blessing to our lives, it has brought technological achievement and comfort and access to information and countless other blessings. When we receive these things with gratitude and the Spirit, we are blessed by them. But when we abandon the Spirit it is easy to allow ourselves to be swayed into a reductive materialistic (and ultimately atheistic) worldview that brings nothing but misery to our lives.