The thing about kids, you think your job as an adult is to teach them, and they end up teaching you.
William taught me a lesson on sharing this week. He is 8 years old, and got a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child in the Dominican Republic. I sat down next to him as he carefully opened it and we examined and delighted in each item inside. A car, a toothbrush, some markers, and when we got to a ziplock bag full of smarties I exclaimed! OOOHHH!!! He immediately opened up the bag of candy, pulled out a packet of smarties, and handed it to me. At first I refused saying, "no no no for you William!" He wouldn't take my no for answer. He delighted in giving one of his 10 smarties to this silly American lady sitting next to him unable to speak his language. I graciously accepted, then reached deep down in my bag and gave him a handful of candy canes in exchange for his kind gesture.
My hope is even though I couldn't tell him, he understand that God promises that when he gives, we receives 10 fold. He reminded me today that there is no use in holding onto all our "stuff". We get so focused on making wish lists and gift lists, but until we give sacrificially of ourselves, we never truly receive. Thank you William for reminding me of that.
I will never eat that packet of smarties. I plan on having it on my desk as a reminder of William and how to truly give.
And I will never miss packing shoeboxes each Christmas!
Best part of the trip! That's me handing out shoeboxes to the children.
Yes that's really a whoopee cushion! Universal language... :-)
The moms waiting outside while their children received shoeboxes.
The children ran after our bus as we left...
I must have been making an important point to the Samaritan's Purse film crew. ;-)