Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thinking of Others first!

I loved this Christmas story. How I respected the Mother for what values she had taught her son. Don’t we all hope that we have taught our own kids, these very same values and virtues?

Any way it was great, hope you take the time to read it. Good night dear friends!

The Coat

Heber shivered in the cold.  He wrapped his thin, old coat around him.  It would soon be his birthday, and all he wanted was a warm coat.  He knew it would upset his mother if he asked for one.  They were so poor.  Sometimes they went to bed early because there was no fuel left to keep the house warm.  Sometimes they would go to bed hungry because there was not enough food.  To earn money, Heber's mother would often sew until far into the night, making clothes for other people.

On the day of Heber's birthday, his mother wished him a happy birthday and gave him a beautifully wrapped present.  He opened it up and inside the box was the most beautiful coat he had ever seen.  It was made from the material his mother had from other clothes, but it was new, and warm, and clean and fit him perfectly.  Heber could hardly wait to go out into the cold and feel its warmth.  He was so happy and grateful to his mother.

A few weeks later, Heber was on an errand on an especially cold day.  He saw a boy just his size crying in the cold snow.  The boy was only wearing ragged clothes and had no shoes on.  Heber knew how cold he must feel.  The boy looked longingly at Heber's coat.  Heber stopped and, almost without thinking, took the coat off and gave it to the boy.

That afternoon, Heber' mother saw him wearing his old coat.  She asked him, "What have you done with your lovely new coat?"  Heber wondered for a moment how to tell her.  Then he explained, "I saw a boy and he needed it lots worse than I did, so I gave it to him."

Heber's mother couldn't believe it.  She asked, "Couldn't you have given him your old coat?" 

Heber looked up at his mother, hoping she would understand, and saw her eyes fill with tears.  He threw his arms around his mother as she answered her own question.  "Of course you couldn't, Heber" she said, "of course you couldn't."

Heber had so much love in his heart that he didn't want to see anyone sad, or cold, or hungry.  Jesus was the same way.  Jesus felt great love and compassion for everyone he met.  He wants us to be like him and show compassion for all people.  ~ Heber J. Grant

Matthew 25:40  “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”

"You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out
are the moments when you have done things for others." - Henry Drummond

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is every wasted." – Aesop

“Only a life lived for others is worth living”. - Albert Einstein

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