A Christmas Lesson This Man Will Never Forget

A short story of holiday hope and giving

By Drake Mariani, Founder, MemLok Bible Memory System | Tuesday, December 8, 2015


The Gift

Jack's brother gave him a new car as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve Jack came out of his office, and saw a poor kid with ripped jeans admiring his shiny new car. "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked. Jack nodded in affirmation, "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy was surprised. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you anything? 

The Unexpected Offer

Wow, I wish..." The boy hesitated. Jack knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like the one Jack has. But what the boy said was far beyond Jack’s expectation. "I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that. "For a few seconds words failed Jack and then he impulsively added, "Would you like to take a ride in my car?" "Oh yeah, that'd be cool."

After a short ride, the boy turned towards Jack. His eyes were glowing and he said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?" Jack smiled a little. He thought he understood what the boy wanted. He wanted to show it off to his neighbors that he could ride home in a big, shiny new car. 

The Lesson

But Jack was wrong again."Will you stop where those two steps are?" the boy asked. He ran up the steps. In a little while Jack heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little brother who was physically challenged. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car. "There she is, Jimmy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn't cost him a penny. And some day I'm going to give you one just like it...then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I've been trying to tell you about."

Jack got out and lifted Jimmy onto the front seat of his car. His brother, whose eyes were gleaming with joy, squeezed in the seat beside him and the three of them ventured on a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve, Jack learned what Jesus meant when he said: "It is more blessed to give..."