Monday, January 1, 2018

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'...” — Alfred Lord Tennyson

Here’s a true story from India that I first read about eight years ago.  It has never left me.  May it give you inspiration for how to live 2018 in its fullest.

"Today, I felt terrible. My head was full of problems and confusion.  I decided to take a walk even though I didn't know where I would go. The most extraordinary thing happened when I was out on this walk.  I saw an old man sitting on a chair. He was a seller of second-hand shoes. I thought he looked at least seventy years old. He seemed so tired and nobody was buying his shoes. I wanted to give him something, but I had not brought anything with me.

Then, a little girl came toward him. I heard the child say, "Grandfather, may I polish your shoes?" That old man took pity on her, smiled and he gave her one shoe to polish.  The girl said, "I polish this shoe because I need money to buy my brother a new school uniform."   I heard this and tears came to my eyes. The old man answered, "Oh, little girl. Just stop doing this. Come with me and I will buy him a uniform." Then they walked to a market (I followed behind) and he bought her brother a uniform.  The girl was so happy.  She said, "Thank you so much for doing this. May God bless you." Then she left, leaving the old man smiling.  He walked away from the market, but I stopped him. I whispered in his ear, "You are a hero! Thank you for your kindness!"  As I walked away, I glanced back and I could see him still smiling.  I was blown away by the kindness I had just seen.  Someone who had so little himself was able to show such incredible generosity!  Amazing!  My own sadness had completely disappeared, chased away by the light of this kind act, and the love of a poor little girl for her brother.  I began realizing that I have a lot to be thankful for. I hope, some day, I can show my appreciation of what I have by following the example of the old man who only had a little, but shared it so beautifully with someone who had nothing."

May you share your blessings with others throughout 2018.  It's how we show that we love Christ.
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