I’ve just returned from spending a few days in California, helping my mom with my granny. Sadly, my grandma “Matito” (her nickname since I was born) had a second stroke in January.
She’s pretty weak. And the worst thing is that she can’t speak clearly, read, or write (which pretty much means there’s not much she can do, since she isn’t strong enough to do most other things). It breaks my heart and I pray that she’ll improve.
But one thing she CAN do… She can be generous.
Would you believe that, despite hardly being able to express herself, she wanted to give me some money?
Now, why would my 91 year old granny want to give ME money? I don’t need it… and most especially from her!
Because she’s extremely generous.
Here’s a little old lady, who immigrated from Nicaragua at age 50 to help my mom when I was born, who doesn’t have much… She has no retirement, no estate, no assets.
And she wants to give me money.
Why am I sharing this?
Because I was thinking about this when I arrived at the airport in Denver. And I cried the whole way during my drive home.
“Matito” is weak and frail. God-willing, she has a few more years left on this earth. But she’s declined a LOT. It makes me so sad.
Here she is…with all of her “amigos.”
Yet despite her physical condition, her spirit of generosity is the strongest I’ve seen in anyone.
- She’d give up the last plate of beans instead of eating it herself.
- AND the shirt on her back.
- AND her last dollar.
Isn’t that amazing?
So what can we learn from her?
Life is short. Be generous – and don’t hang on too tightly to material things.
We normally focus on the “spirit of giving” at Christmastime. How about we start and end each day looking for whom we can bless with our generosity? 🙂
I think that’s a much better way to live, don’t you?
As you read this story, who in your life could use your generosity? Share below and then go bless them. 🙂 Looking forward to hearing about it!
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