Friday, October 17, 2008
The Joy Of Giving
A few days ago a van slowly pulled to the curb in front of my house. A young girl got out and came to my door. She had the sweetest smile and quickly asked if I would allow her and her aunt to have some of my flowers for something special they were doing at their church. I told her I would love to share them with her. She pointed to the hydrangeas at the end of my house so we walked toward the fall beauties that had caught her eye. I waved and motioned to her aunt to come join us and soon we stood together looking at my big display of gorgeous flowers. The colors were breathtaking!I cautioned them of two things - a place where the ground seems to have fallen away at the edge of the flowerbed and a sprinkler standing tall just in front of the shrub and I asked if they would leave a few for me. Their joy at my gift to them and the celebration at their church seemed nearly overwhelming. It wasn't long until they had gathered two armloads of stems, waved their appreciation and drove away with incredible smiles on their faces. They left so many blooms for me - I wish they had taken more!My heart was full of joy! There is something so special about giving to others. It was such a small gift, really. No big sacrifice! They will never know the gift they gave to me - the pleasure of giving with a happy heart - a grateful heart. The truth of Scripture still rings in my heart - it truly is better to give than to receive!