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    In a word: graciousness.

    A little story for you here. I have two daughters, Lylli and Jolie. Lylli is the elder, bright, headstrong, and usually very selfish, as children often can be.

    A few weeks ago, after service, she came to me and offered me a piece of candy that she ahd got for memorizing a small scripture passage. Her sister, as usual, was close in trail and somewhat dejected because she had not got any candy. (memorizing for her was a task she had not found the ability to accomplish) Lylli popped one of the three pieces of candy into her mouth. When I told her 'No Thank You', I suggested to her that here sister might like a piece. She utterly surprised me by not giving her sister only one piece, but by giving her siter even more than she had kept for herself. Even more amazing was one of the pieces of candy was, gasp, purple!

    Now that last part needs some explaining. If we have two cups of juice, and one of the cups is purple, there is almost certainly going to be an arguement, if not an outright war. Purple, it seems, is their favorite color. So that last part was amazing enough to truely shock me, and bring a small tear of joy to my eyes.

    If a selfish child can share, even more than what is asked of them, can not we, too, learn to be more gracious?

    With a small tear again,

    2005-10-14 22:31:23 Posted by Mel ()

    I think what is being said is not to give everything up but we are the reflection of Christ if people see we are willing as His reflection to be unselfish than they can truly see him It goes back to the one post I made. You may be the only Bible someone has the opportunity to see. We must make sure people see Jesus in our actions. I heard a story about a man that turned away from christianity because he got caught during a bike ride in a downpour and had a flat. A man in an RV stopped said hey I'd like to help but I'm late for church. Does the image we present to others show them Jesus?
    Be blessed
    2005-10-15 00:57:07 Posted by Ross ()

    Amen, Ross.
    2005-10-15 02:32:35 Posted by Mel ()

    What a really lovely story - reminds me of how we need to be like children to enter the kingdom of heaven.
    Have a great weekend
    2005-10-15 17:12:22 Posted by Lee ()

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