This past week I went to get the boys one afternoon, it was raining so I was holding an umbrella for me and one for them. A boy in Noah’s 5th class asked why I had two umbrellas so I told him the plan. He then wanted to know why I didn’t have three, one for each of us. Noah proudly says “Oh, because she gave mine away to a Mom and baby one day when it was raining really hard and they didn’t have one.” The boy stared blankly at me, very confused. He thought for a minute and then asked if I gave it to them because it matched their outfit. I explained that no it was because they needed it more than I did and it was the only one I had. He just did not understand why I would give away any at all.
Honestly, I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or cry at this exchange. The 11 year old boy knew nothing of giving to others. Of sharing what God has blessed him with.
So, I say let us all be givers. Let us all be the examples. Clearly the message of being a blessing isn’t making it everywhere yet, so lets try harder! Do good. Share much.
The Mama I gave the umbrella to was stunned that I cared. I didn’t know her and odds were I’d never see her again, but she knew she was loved. Love people!
We really have two options: loved people, love people or hurt people, hurt people. Which way do you choose to go?