“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13
I had a fabulous Kindergarten teacher. I may not remember a lot of things from my childhood, but I remember being in her class more than anything else. I remember the stories she read to us and all the amazing activities we did.
The one story I remember more than the others was the book called “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
If you haven’t read it before, I really suggest you do…but the premise of it is that a gigantic tree takes care of a little boy’s needs/wants for his whole life.
The boy comes to her often as he grows older and says he needs certain things, so she gives him her branches, and her trunk, etc. until she is just left as a stump.
She never asks for anything in return except for him to be happy and even let’s him just sit on her stump when he is old and gray.
She shows this person incredibly selfless love.
& in this story, she reminds me so much of God.
How He gives, and gives, and gives. That all He asks in return is that we believe that His son Jesus died for our sins. That He too, just wants us to be happy.
Selfless love can change the world as long as we are open to not only giving it, but accepting it as well.