#167: What I Can Give
Sunday, December 13, 2009
"I hear people say: "Oh, if I were only rich, I would do great things to help people." But we can all be rich in love and generosity. Moreover, if we give with care, if we find out the exact wants of those who need our help most, we are giving our own loving interest and concern, which is worth more than all the money in the world." -- Albert Schweitzer
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A short time ago I returned home from helping my sister move. My back is screaming in pain and my feet and knees are swollen. I'm just not as young as I once was so I'll likely be hurting for at least a couple of days.
But I realized something tonight. I may not have money to buy presents for everyone I'd like to put on the Christmas list but I do have several gifts I can freely offer.
As long as I'm physically capable, I'm able to help relatives, neighbors and friends with moving or cutting grass or other chores when they're incapable of doing so themselves because I knew they will help me if I need it.
I am blessed with orange trees in the back yard and I am able to freely offer these sweet, succulent fruits to others, simply for the joy on their faces when they bite into one.
I can offer everyone I meet a smile and pleasant greeting and this time of year a Merry Christmas and Happy new Year.
I can hold doors for others and allow shoppers with only a couple of items to go ahead of me in line.
I can send greeting cards on birthdays and anniversaries and holidays and in between to say I value knowing someone and treasure my relationship with them.
I can pick up trash when I'm out for a walk to keep my neighborhood clean and attractive.
When invited to others' homes for a party or dinner I can readily help clean up afterward.
I can use the writing skills I have been blessed with to entertain and inspire and encourage.
I can offer compassion and sympathy, and an open ear to someone who is down.
No, I may not be financially well off but I have these and other gifts I can offer to others, with nothing expected in return.
For it truly is better to give than to receive.