I have just returned from a fundraising event jam-packed with people and prizes, fun and food, all for one precious, little boy in need. On Monday, November 5th, 2012, shortly after Storm Sandy, four-year-old Robby suffered a tragic accident. While playing outside, Robby accidentally became pinned underneath a tree stump for an extended period of time and was in cardiac arrest. After being without oxygen for nearly a half hour, he was resuscitated, but it was not believed that he would live. Now, two months later, he is breathing on his own.
While there has been miracle after miracle, Robby still has very little brain activity and he and his family have a long journey ahead of them, physically, emotionally, and financially. Robby is home now. His family must give him round the clock care and make him as comfortable as possible. But something that has come out of Robby’s tragedy is the outpouring of love and support from around the world. Check out his Facebook page to see the thousands of followers that check in for updates and share their thoughts and prayers for Robby and his family. Check out his website where people can go on and physically express their support through donations.
And then, of course, there was tonight. That jam-packed banquet hall, filled with people who didn’t know each other at all, but yet, came together to be part of something bigger. They came together to give and share what they could to make a difference.
Acts 20:35 tells us, “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” But I know that it has also been said that good duties must not be pressed and beaten out of us. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
But I believe that it is through giving that we become joyful. It is through doing something worthwhile that we find happiness and purpose. And I’ll be honest, after witnessing the joy of so many people tonight and in the past two months who have stepped up to be a part of Robby’s recovery, I think more and more people are being blessed through their willingness to make a difference. Their own lives will become a testimony to others all because they chose to be a cheerful giver.
Question: Have you ever taken part in something bigger? How has it blessed you?
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