Thoughts on Giving

I was recently reading a book on writing called Bird by Bird and came across an amazing story of love, generosity, and sacrifice. I wanted to share it here because I love the innocence of the little boy in it. He is willing to give even if it means giving everything. How often do we have the attitude? For me, life is a lot more about selfishness and keeping everything for myself. Jesus says, “Greater love has no one that this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And this little story made me rethink the importance of child-like faith. Read on…

“Here is the best true story on giving I know, and it was told by Jack Kornfield of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Wood Acre. An eight-year-old boy had a younger sister who was dying of leukemia, and he was told that without a blood transfusion she would die. His parents explained to him that his blood was probably compatible with hers, and if so, he could be the blood donor. They asked him if they could test his blood. He said sure. So they did and it was a good match. Then they asked if he would give his sister a pint of blood, that it could be her only chance of living. He said he would have to think about it overnight.

The next day he went to his parents and said he was willing to donate the blood. So they took him to the hospital where he was put on a gurney beside his six-year-old sister. Both of them were hooked up to IVs. A nurse withdrew a pint of blood from the boy, which was then put in the girl’s IV. The boy lay on his gurney in silence while the blood dripped into his sister until the doctor came over to see how he was doing. Then the boy opened his eyes and asked, ‘How soon until I start to die?'”

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