A Christmas Feel Good Story

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me as I go through life is how selfless many people with very little money are.

Obviously there are exceptions to this rule. I’ve known some people with very little money who are stingy, and I’ve known a number of people with plenty of money who are extremely generous. But as a general rule, I’ve found that those who have little are very anxious to share what they have with those who have even less.

I think part of this enigma comes from the fact that some people with plenty of money don’t have any idea what it feels like to have little. Those who are poor, on the other hand, understand all too well the anxiety that comes from not knowing if you’ll be able to afford your next meal.

At a church I attended, we had a volunteer benevolence team that took care of the poor and homeless in our community. About 90 percent of those volunteers either had been in that scary position or were currently in that condition. Their bank accounts might not have been large, but their hearts were huge.

I read a news story about a 36-year-old man in Pennsylvania who had just completed his eighth round of chemotherapy for colon cancer. His favorite restaurant held a Christmas raffle for a year’s worth of free pizza, and he won it.

So, did he decide to enjoy a pizza every week for the next 52 weeks? No, instead he donated his prize to a local food bank to help the unfortunate in his community. He knew all about suffering, and he wanted to do what he could to help those suffering from hunger.

Once they learned what the man had chosen to do with his prize, the pizza parlor owners decided to double the gift so he could have a year’s worth of pizza and still donate the same amount to the food bank.

You might have little, you might have a lot or you might be somewhere in between. Regardless, it’s truly more blessed to give than to receive.

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