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Be ThankfulI found the following post by “Arthur” in my weekly newsletter from my friends at http://www.awakin.org/ .

It is an important lesson for anyone involved in ‘helping ministry’.

Arthur shared the following:

I was going through my wallet in the grocery line to pay for the groceries I had selected when I noticed the woman behind me counting coins to pay for the little that she was purchasing.

So, I turned to her and said, “I’ll pay for it for you.”

She looked up at me with hurt pride and said, “No thank you!”

I felt really humbled and disappointed. As I payed for my own groceries the cashier asked if I had some coins to pay for part of my bill so she would not have to change the larger note I offered.

I did not.

The woman behind me reached forward with a quarter and said, “You can take it out of this.”

I was stunned. She could hardly pay for her groceries but she was willing to offer her quarter to pay for mine! I was tempted to say, “No, thank you,” but when I looked at  her face and saw how gladly she was offering it I stopped. I said, “Thank you,” instead and she just lit up.

It was a bitter-sweet lesson for me to learn that it is just as  important to receive as it is to give.

I was going through my wallet in the grocery line to pay for the groceries I had selected when I noticed the woman behind me counting coins to pay for the little that she was purchasing.So, I turned to her and said, “I’ll pay for it for you.”She looked up at me with hurt pride and said, “No thank you!”

I felt really humbled and disappointed. As I payed for my own groceries the cashier asked if I had some coins to pay for part of my bill so she would not have to change the larger note I offered.

I did not.

The woman behind me reached forward with a quarter and said, “You can take it out of this.”

I was stunned. She could hardly pay for her groceries but she was willing to offer her quarter to pay for mine! I was tempted to say, “No, thank you,” but when I looked at  her face and saw how gladly she was offering it I stopped. I said, “Thank you,” instead and she just lit up.

It was a bitter-sweet lesson for me to learn that it is just as  important to receive as it is to give. – See more at: http://www.kindspring.org/story/view.php?sid=54505#sthash.eQ57zPzd.dpuf

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