Month: December 2016

It Is More Blessed To Give

It Is More Blessed To Give

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:15

A friend of mine named Paul, received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present.  On Christmas Eve, when Paul came out of his office, a poor little boy was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it.  “Is this your car, mister?” he asked.

Paul nodded.  “My brother gave it to me for Christmas.”  The boy was astounded.  “Boy, I wish…”  He hesitated.  Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for.  He was going to wish he had a brother like that.  But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.  “I wish,” the boy went on, “that I could be a brother like that.”

Paul was astonished.  He asked the boy, “Would you like a ride?”  After a short ride, the boy turned and his eyes aglow said, “Will you stop where those two steps are?” He got out, ran up the steps.  Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast.  He was carrying his little crippled brother.  He sat down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.  “There she is buddy, just like I told you upstairs.  His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn’t cost him a cent.  And someday I’m gonna give you one just like it…. then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I’ve been trying to tell you about.”

Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car.  The shining eyed, older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

 (Source Credit: “Chicken Soup for the Soul”)