Doing what's right
When tempted to do wrong towards someone, sleep over the temptation to see it in true perspective. We may change our minds over causing harm!india Updated: Nov 08, 2003 13:02 IST
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We always feel we should give unstintingly whenever the mood strikes us. But have we really considered that giving when it counts is much more important and that the opportunity for timely help comes to test our claims of unconditional love and compassion?
Perhaps we all need to become like the little 5-year-old in this story to learn the true meaning of giving without any hope of reward, or rather 'dying' to help another who is desperately in need.
Giving When it Counts...
By Mary Maclean
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.
Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the colour returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?" Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
With the innocence and unconditional love of God flowing through the little boy's enormous heart, he had prepared himself to die to save his sister's life.
When the time comes for us to do some such compassionate thing, let us not hesitate, but make sure that it is done immediately. When some kind of temptation to do wrong towards someone enters our minds, let us make the decision to 'sleep over it' to be able to see it in true perspective! And perhaps change our minds over causing harm!
First Published: Nov 08, 2003 12:44 IST