The Gold Box

A little girl used her mother’s expensive gold wrapping paper to wrap a present.  But money was tight, and the mother was upset that her daughter has wasted the paper.  Nevertheless, the girl brought the gift to her mother and said, “This is for you.”  Though embarrassed by her earlier reaction, the mother became upset again when she saw the box was empty.  “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside?”  With tears in her eyes, the girl said, “Oh, Mama, it’s not empty.  I blew kisses into it until it was full.”  Crushed, the mother fell to her knees, wrapped her arms around her daughter and begged for her forgiveness.  From that moment on, the mother kept the gold box by her bed to remember the unconditional love of her child.

We often speak without thinking, react blindly and do things we later regret. Maybe we should all learn to have compassion before speaking, reacting or acting. You never know what’s going on in the heart of someone else.

“But anyone who fails to show compassion to one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him that a millstone be hung around his neck, and then be thown into the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

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