It's More Blessed To Give

11-16-2015 10:03 AM

Editor's Note: This was from a book of essays that Mary Kay Ash had printed. In 1990, she sent it as a Christmas gift to Independent Sales Directors. In 1991, the book became a prize for independent sales force members.

I once heard the following story and truly feel it illustrates so well how much more blessed it is to give than to receive. It's my hope that it touches your heart as it does mine. May it lead you to conduct your daily business and personal relationships with an attitude of giving.

The Greatest Gift

A friend of mine named Paul received a new car from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around that shining new car, admiring it, touching it and petting it.

Paul looked at that little boy in astonishment because something wonderful was happening. The little boy looked up and asked, "Is this your car, mister?"

"Yes," said Paul. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas."

The little boy was astounded. "You mean, your brother gave it to you, and it didn't cost you nothin'?"

Paul nodded.

The little boy said, "Boy, I wish ..."

And Paul thought he knew what the little boy was wishing. He was going to wish that he had a brother like that, too. But what the boy said astonished Paul.

"I wish," the little boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that!"

Paul looked at the boy, astounded. Then he asked, "Would you like to have a ride in my new car?"

After a short ride, the little boy turned to Paul with his eyes all aglow and asked, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?"

Paul smiled, because he thought he knew why the little boy wanted to drive in front of his house. He wanted to show his neighbors he could come home in this great, big, beautiful car.

But Paul was wrong again.

"Will you stop where those two steps are?" asked the little boy as they drove up to where he lived. He ran up the steps and into the house. In a little while, Paul heard him coming back. He was carrying his little brother, crippled with polio. He sat his little brother down on the bottom step and sort of scooted up again him. He pointed at the car.

"There she is, buddy, just like I told you upstairs. Ain't she beautiful? His brother gave it to him for Christmas, and it didn't cost him nothin'. Someday, I'm going to give you one just like it! Then you can see all the Christmas things in the windows I've been telling you about."

Well, Paul got out and lifted the little lad up to the front seat of the car. His shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Paul learned that it really is more blessed to give than to receive.

Author Unknown

Please come back on Thursday to read how you can give a special gift on Tuesday, Dec. 1.