Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

July 30, 2010

Second Chance for a Blessing

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(I encourage you to read the blog, The Blessing of Sharing, by clicking www.lawsonjolly.com/2009/12/22. This present blog is the antithesis of the latter part of that blog.)

The older gentleman found a comfortable chair in the thrift shop while his wife looked around.  As he sat in the chair, he noticed a large, pink princess castle with all the furniture and accessories.  He recognized it immediately.  He had come with his son a few days earlier to donate this item and other toys.

The gentleman watched as a young girl about 6 years old spotted the castle.  She ran to it and dropped on her knees. You could sense the excitement  in her.  She very carefully opened the castle for its full display.  She spotted the accompanied items in the box.  She began to set it all up.  She was in another world as her imagination began to soar.

As the man watched, he was enthralled with her delight and joy.  His heart was full in seeing such pleasure in her life.  He looked around for her parents.  They were shopping in other areas of the store . . . and this was an advantage for this young lady.  She was oblivious to time and space, but if she had been aware, she would have been praying that her parents would stay in the store forever.

In a few minutes, the small girl’s father came to retrieve her.  In her native language she spoke of the castle and began to show him all that it contained.  She asked for it.  He lovingly replied that they could not afford it.  With still a positive attitude, she began to tell him she had one dollar.  The older gentlemen continued to observe and understanding some of the language, realized that this young lady was headed for deep disappointment.  At her age, economics meant nothing to her.

As the father turned to look at some other items, the older gentleman got up from his seat and spoke to the father, “I have been watching this young lady and her excitement.  If it is all right with you, I would like to give you the money to  buy it for her.”

The father may not have been sure of the motive, and he carefully spoke to the little girl in their first language.  As they completed the conversation, the older gentleman had reached in his pocket and placed in the hand of the father more than enough to purchase the castle.  He did not desire to get attention by buying it for her, but wished instead to allow the father the privilege.

The father responded with graciousness, and spoke to the daughter.  She stood up and with a very happy smile and expressed a genuine and excited thank you.  To the surprise of the older gentleman, the father handed the money to the daughter so that she could have the joy of purchasing it herself.

Later as the older couple were leaving the store, the mother and father saw them and expressed gratitude for this kindness.  The parents were blessed . . . and a little girl was ecstatic with joy!  What a blessing to the couple that made this possible.  The couple was blessed through their giving more than that family could feel blessed!

As the givers left the store, there was joy and laughter.  “We brought it to the store as a donation . . . and now we come in and purchase it . . .  as a gift,” the wife remarked.  “But can anything bring more joy than what we just experienced?”   We all have heard, and even ourselves quoted, “It is truly more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)  It is so true!  Don’t miss the joy of giving! 

Yet, we do not give in order to get.  It is not calculated that if we give we will receive the blessing.  It is a precept we know, and our giving is from a heart of love with no expectation of recognition or recompense.  But there is a return that comes when giving comes from the heart.  God will bless!

“Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need.”  (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

Lawson

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