--by courts, posted Nov 14, 2006
I was at work yesterday and was about to leave when my supervisor walked into my office and handed me an envelope. She had two tickets to the U2 concert that was playing that night in her hand and said they were mine if I wanted them.
I LOVE U2, they are my favourite band, and I quickly said yes very excited about the night ahead of me! Then I wondered who to take with me. My boyfriend is a big fan and would have loved to go, but 2 of my sisters are massive fans and I know they had been trying to get tickets (with no luck). So... I swallowed the lump in my throat and made a phone call.
One hour later, my sisters were at my doorstep picking up the much sought after tickets to U2 and were on their way. As hard as it was, and as much as I wanted to go, I know they did too and I knew this was a way I could bless them with a once in a lifetime opportunity.
During the concert, they called me to play me a bit of 'Beautiful Day' and I started to cry. Not because I wasn't there but because I could hear by their screams how happy they were and I felt so lucky that I was able to give them this opportunity. It really was a Beautiful Day.
It got me to thinking - sometimes it is important to look closer to home to help others. We often look past family members to bless and go straight to friends or srangers. As wonderful as this is, we should also be looking for ways to bless and encourage our family members as they will be there until the end and are often the ones overlooked.
They called me this morning with stories from the night before and a part of me was hurting that I wasn't able to go but I pushed that aside and realised that they had been blessed and I had done something I never thought I would do... bless others with tickets to my favourite band.
The joy is that mostly the response is positive and brings us givers more joy, yet the true challenge is to give, even when the response isn't our pre-concieved gratitude... Otherwise its more like manipulation.
keep it up...