Pay It Forward
Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.I've been remarkably blessed in my life. I was born into a good family and I've never wanted for food, shelter, or medical care. With all these blessings, it is hard to feel comfortable accepting help from others. So many people have wanted to help when they heard about our baby boy Gideon. He was born with spina bifida.
So far, it looks like he's racked up about $30,000 in hospital and doctor bills. Our share of the cost, after insurance, is manageable but certainly not pocket change. We've worked under the assumption for a while that we'll have to adjust how we live and do without some things to make up the difference.
To our great surprise, someone I barely know recently gave me a check that will cover a substantial portion of Gideon's medical expenses. The weight of gratitude is very heavy. The sense of urgency to "pay it forward" is overwhelming, especially in the face of a lifetime of being taught the importance of self reliance.
Perhaps we are called not only to "lift another's burden," but also to allow others to lift our own burdens. In our season of need, we receive. In our season of abundance, we share. All done willingly and without compulsion.
That is Zion.