Yesterday I met a boy named JB. He turned 8 just 2 weeks ago and he had $25 in birthday cash. When his mom asked him what he wanted to buy, replied “nothing, I want to give it to the #homeless.” So he and his mom took the bus to downtown Orlando and made their way around while he gave away his $25 birthday stash, $1 at a time. He gave without judgement, just with the hope that it would help in whatever way it could. He didn’t just hand out those dollars, he stopped and talked to each person he gave one to. In other words, he treated each person like a new friend, not someone to be scared of or shunned. Physically, no lives were changed by those transactions, but emotionally, no greater investment has been made.
It isn’t the size of the gift, its the size of the heart giving it, and this kid has a huge heart!
I will strive to practice compassion like this 8 year old boy, but I will likely fall short in comparison. That said, I’m sure JB won’t judge me for it.
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