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Friday, December 13, 2013

Upside Down

I love this short and sweet story.
A huge message in few words...
 Today I was approached by a homeless man who asked if I had any change. 
I only had two quarters, but I gave it to him anyway.
As I watched him walk away,
he put the quarters in an expired parking meter of a stranger's car.
Someone who couldn't even afford to buy himself something to eat,
instead used what little he had to give others.

What a beautiful example of giving.

I was touched by this story.

Seems kind of upside down.
The homeless
Honestly, he probably has more than most of us have.
He holds a treasure worth more than any earthly fortune.
A humble and giving heart.

This is the treasure I long for.

I admit to struggling with giving.
It is a quality I would like to see wither.
I would rather flourish as
one who, without inhibitions, gives even her last 2 quarters.

I have always thought much of the widow,
who gave it all.
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.  He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.  “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."
So during this giving holiday let us remember what real giving looks like.
...and remember who gave it all for us.


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