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A cold and lonely man lays stranded along a dirt road. What clothes he had left were all tattered and bloody. Pain is etched on his brow. To a passer by he appeared to have been dead, or in least ways, a man who was in great need of medical assistance.
A fine godly gentleman came upon this poor scene of a badly beaten man, but decided to do nothing to help the victim, and passed by him on the other side of the road. A second man shortly came by the same way and walked up to the bloody man to investigate. Upon seeing the shape that the man was in, he too, quickly moved pass the terrible scene and continued on his travels. Time passed on when finally a third man came along the same trail. He then urged his donkey over to where the cold, bloody, and half-dead man laid out on the road. Removing himself from the saddle, he quickly covered the poor man’s wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. He then carefully lifted this stranger onto his donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning, he left some money with instructions that the owner was to take care of his friend and if the charge runs higher than the amount he handed him that he will be sure to pay the owner of the inn what he owed the next time he came in for a visit.
This is the story (elaborated) of the Good Samaritan. This is the type of person I want to be; the person who takes no mind to running behind on my schedule, or worries about running out of money, or having to take care of a stranger.
books that talk about giving
My goal in life is give to others who need it the most or those who least expect it. I have a giving heart and I want to cultivate it…and in later years, when I have children of my own, pass this desire off to my children, as well.
If you are like me, you are trying to do the same thing, so here are some good books that can help you start the discussion of what giving is and how we can go about doing it with people in our everyday life, strangers, or people who need it the most.
- The Giving Tree
- Lend a Hand
- A Kid’s Guide to Giving
- The Quiltmaker’s Gift
- The Quiltmaker’s Journey
- The Can Man
- Lily and the Paper Man
- Ivy Loves to Give
- Kiki’s Hats
- Reach Out and Give
- Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen
If you are interest in getting your child to get involved in giving their time to serving others, I would suggested a few things:
- Soup Kitchen
- Lemonade Stand
- Fundraiser for a cause or mission
By getting your child involved, you are also giving them something that is priceless…the desire to help and give to others. You can buy that desire. It is only instilled into them.
I remember going to one outdoor soup kitchen last winter. The experience was life changing. I had always wanted to go to one, but I never expected that my perspective would have changed with it…
I remember standing there serving coffee. So many of the men and women that went through the line had a smile on their face and gave a genuine thank you. It made me stop and think how fortunate I was and wondered if I ever stopped to smile and thank anybody. It was a true joy to do that and it is something that I want to get back into…SOON!I will receive commission on any sales made on my blog. To learn more, read my disclosure policy.