As humans we are meant to serve and be served. Giving is a natural trait that we posses. How we use it is up to us. While I was reading The Currency of the Future by Brad DeHaven, I came across a story that I found so very touching. The love and willingness to give by children is absolutely astonishing. So, what happens between the time we are children and when we ‘grow up’?
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Janessa who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her five-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 little 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 color returning to her cheeks. 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.
Do you still give everything you can to those you love?