A Little Boy, A Birthday Party, and Big Love

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Have you ever thrown a party and waited and waited and no one came Find out what happened when people responded to a sad little boy with big love. Have you ever thrown a party and waited and waited and no one came?

I have.

It wasn’t a birthday party or holiday celebration; it was a basket party. When I finally admitted the consultant and I were on our own, I bought enough baskets to reach the party quota and decided to never host an in home sales party again.

Can you imagine being a six-year-old little boy? It’s your birthday and you’re excited about your party. You wait and wait and no . . . one . . . comes.

Can you imagine being that little boy’s mom?

I love this communities reaction.

They didn’t just read a post on Facebook and click like or leave a comment. They didn’t shrug, point fingers at those who didn’t, and go back to their busy lives.

They saw. They stopped in the middle of their busy lives. They did.

Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.

“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’ Luke 10:30–35

Glenn’s story inspires me to pray:

1. To do a better job of seeing. – I want to pay attention with a tender heart. I want to see need without judging.

“We get to decide each time whether we will lean in toward what is unfolding and say yes or back away.” ~Bob Goff

2. To leave space in my schedule. – I want to use my time wisely so I can follow God’s plan wherever He leads.

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ~Dr. Seuss

3. To love well. To do. – I want to follow Jesus and put the love He gives into doing.

“That’s because love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.” ~Bob Goff

What Does Love Do?

  • It listens.
  • It smiles.
  • It hopes.
  • It never gives up.
  • It pays attention.
  • It forgives.
  • It helps.
  • It does whatever God asks.

When have you needed big love?
When have you received big love?
When have you given big love?

May you and I make a difference. May we…

See. Stop. Do with big love.

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  1. Oh, this video so touched me, Deb! We all need the reminder to “do” love more often, don’t we? May the Lord give us many opportunities to do so!

    1. Thanks Martha. It’s so easy for me to do everything behind my computer screen. This really inspires me to do a better job of paying attention and helping where I am able.

  2. I agree Shelah! It really blessed me too. I love people reaching out to care for this little boy and his family.

  3. Me too Karrilee. I want to have eyes to see and a ready willingness to do. Blesings to you!

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