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December 18, 2013
Written by Erren Harter
A week until Christmas – a time to experience the joy of giving.
In Acts 20:35 Paul quotes Jesus as saying “It is more blessed to give
Some question whether Jesus actually said that, but his teachings
certainly reflected this great truth and it is a wonderful Christmas tradition –
giving gifts to others.
Unfortunately many never experience the joy of giving – Christmas or
anytime. Bah humbug they often say. This is a sad way to exist.
As I Goggled the joy of giving I ran across two things I’ll share.
The first from Steve Maraboli is profound. He said:
Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your
blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can
Wow! Let me repeat that.
A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
Those are words we can learn from.
The second is a powerful short story entitled the Joy of Giving.
A woman who was traveling alone in the mountains found a precious stone
in a stream.
The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, the woman opened
her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it
to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his great fortune. He knew the stone was worth
enough to give him security for a lifetime.
But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it
back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give
me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”
The woman smiled, “The joy of giving!” Author: Unknown
Give someone a gift they are not expecting and your joy will be
amazing. That’s a promise!
Merry Christmas, I’m Steve Sauder
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