Told this one before...but really is worth telling again. One Christmas I sat my boys down (they were maybe 8 and 5) and said, "Do you guys want to bring Christmas to some boys" (these two boys were about Matt and Mark's age and lived in some projects by my office) At first they didn't know what to make of it but agreed.
(course they didn't know what I was about to ask! lol!) I said, "Well....each of you go and get 5 toys....maybe 4 you don't play with anymore...and 1 you DO still play with." The younger one said...."Dad this is kind of hard to do" I said, "I know...it should be "kinda hard. God will be proud of you for bringing Christmas to someone else....and so will I." My oldest said, "Dad I'll go get them" Then the younger followed suit with, "Okay Dad I will too" The oldest brought out 5 good toys....including a nice one he was still playing with. I said, "There you go son....those boys will love all these" The younger one brought in 5...but the difficult one was one he wasn't playing with. So i said, "Mark, you did good...but this one here is not that hard to give is it? Why don't you get that OTHER toy?" Reluctantly he went back....retrieved the toy...and said "Daddy...this one kind of hurts to give" I said, "Do you not want to? These boys don't have really anything" He said...."Ooooookay" So they rode with me...and my wife followed...so that I could just stay and go to work since these kids lived near my office. When they gave them the toys....those boys' (the recipients) looks were so priceless.....kind of like...."Why us?" My boys saw their joy and you could tell mine were so happy to help those kids! (priceless!) So on the way to their Mom's car I said, "Now did that make you feel good?" They nodded. I said, "I am so proud of you two...and love you!" They said, "Love you too Dad" Then the younger one said something which made their Mother and I laugh. He said, "Hope that Santa saw all this...and WE have a good Christmas!" I said, "He did.....and you've already had a good Christmas right? Cause REAL happiness at Christmas time is in giving to others as you guys did"~