More Blessed To Give Then To Recieve!

 

This week I have learned what the verse in Acts 20:35 “…It is more blessed to give then to recieve” really means!!

We have a 16 year old girl Evelyn that comes and helps me with laundry, since it is all done by hand. She lives alone and works to pay for her schooling. One day while her and I were chatting over coffee we were talking about God and the Bible (she is saved) and she mentioned that she really wished she had a Bible. Right away in my mind I thought hmmm, a “Christmas gift”. Then a few weeks ago while we were doing laundry she told me she was going to visit some family for Christmas but really wanted something to put her clothes in to take along and asked if the next time I go to town I could help her buy a back-pack. In my mind again I thought a “Christmas gift” for her.

The other day when I was ready to give her the Christmas gifts we got for her I told her to close her eyes and keep them closed till I say to open them. After her items were layed out she opend her eyes and she could not contain her excitment! She first saw the back-pack and then picked up the Bible and her whole face lit up. She held the Bible to her chest and with tears in her eyes she said, “Oh, thank you Auntie! This is the best day ever!” By this time tears were streaming down my face to see her so happy and grateful for such a small gift. Then still hugging the Bible she said, “Now I will never sleep again even when I’m tired at night I will just want to stay awake and read my new Bible!” Her smile could not have gotten any bigger and she looked so happy as though I had just crowned her Queen of England. Then I asked her if she recieved Christmas gifts other years. She shook her head and said, “No Auntie, this is the first time I ever got a Christmas gift.” Then I really started crying, and my mind raced back over the years to the hundreds of Christmas gifts I have recieved. Was I as grateful and thankful for each of them as she was right now with hers? She hugged me and wanted to know if I was okay. Of course I was okay,  I was just crying happy tears. My mind went to the above verse “…It is more blessed to give then to recieve.” When KB came home for lunch she jumped up and gave him a big hug thanking him so much! She has always been shy around KB, but not that day! She was too excited to be shy. I told my husband I don’t want a Christmas gift this year, seeing her so happy was enough for me.

Some of you gave money to buy shoes. On Saturday we handed out 140 pairs of shoes to the village children. To see the joy and excitment on their faces to recieve a new pair of shoes just warmed my heart. Oh I wish all of you could have seen their reaction in person. Thank you for giving so they could be blessed!DSC_0293

Today we handed out 30 Christmas bins in some surrounding villages to widows, extra poor families and single moms. They were filled with items that will help make a special Christmas meal for some that would not have anything special at all. They had sugar, oil, rice, beef, potatoes, cabbage, salt, tea and soap in them. To see the people dancing and clapping their hands in excitment because of these items just made my heart overjoyed. This Christmas season has truely changed my life and I thank God for that!DSC_0310

I have been thinking about how many times throughout the year we just go to the store and get what we want, when we want it. Then it’s Christmas time and we make a list of more things we want like we deserve an added bonus. It is the same cycle year after year. Oh, but to stop and see that sometimes too many “things” get in the way of really being grateful and thankful for what we have. It was a challenge for KB and I- how content and thankful are we for what we have? Yes, it’s Christmas; but do we need to give tons of gifts and do we expect to recieve tons of gifts?? Be gratful, be thankful, and be challenged. Most of all, remember the real reason for Christmas is JESUS!!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!