Christmas giving isn’t about money. Nor is it about keeping up with the neighbors. Real Christmas giving is about sharing something from ourselves that will bless other people, and hopefully, will keep on blessing them (keep on giving) for a long time to come.
Many years ago, I read this story, originally printed in Guidepost Magazine — and currently featured in an anthology of articles entitled A Guidepost Treasure of Faith (© 1970 by Guidepost Associated, Inc.). It blessed me so much that I have retold it multiple times over the years.
I’m sharing it here in the hope that it will inspire others to recognize that every one of us has something special within ourselves that will meet the needs of someone else. Give something of yourself this Christmas. You may feel that what you have to give is very small, but the Lord can multiply it and cause it to produce a large and lasting blessing in the lives of others. He did in the true-life story below:
“In Pittsburgh during the last century, a retired Army man, Colonel Anderson, became concerned about some underprivileged boys who had no opportunity to own or read good books. The Colonel, a man of small means, unfortunately wasn’t in a position to give books to these boys.
The Colonel, however, did have a fair-sized library of his own, and so he invited these boys to come up and borrow anything they liked.
Andy, an immigrant boy who made $25 monthly as a telegraph clerk, leaped at this chance. Each week he would return one book and borrow another. Then after supper he and his mother would read aloud to each other.
The youthful borrower never forgot this kindness.
Today, thousands of Americans enjoy free libraries — the gift of that grateful man — Andrew (Andy) Carnegie.
How do you know that you have nothing to give?”
(A Guidepost Treasury of Faith, p. 209).