Sunday, 6 January 2008

Those who matter

I found this and thought that it was too good to hide.

'I THANK MY GOD EVERY TIME I REMEMBER YOU.' PHILIPPIANS 1:3
There's a true story of a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion. The doctor explained she had the same disease that he'd recovered from two years earlier. Her only chance of recovery was a transfusion from someone who'd conquered it, so the boy was an ideal donor. 'Would you give your blood to Mary?' the doctor asked. Johnny hesitated, his lower lip trembled, and then he smiled and said, 'Sure, for my sister.' Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room - Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and healthy. Neither spoke, but when their eyes met Johnny grinned. But as the nurse inserted the needle into his arm Johnny's smile faded. He watched the blood flow through the tube. With the ordeal almost over Johnny's voice, slightly shaky, broke the silence. 'Doctor, when do I die?' Only then did the doctor realise why little Johnny had hesitated, why his lips trembled when he agreed to donate his blood. He thought giving his blood to his sister meant giving up his life. In that brief moment he had made his great decision. Who would give their life for you? Those are the people you want to invest your life in. Those are the ones you need to show your appreciation for; now, while you still can. They are irreplaceable! When they're gone you'll realise that. Some of the things you're striving for now will seem empty then. Some of the things you're upset over now will seem insignificant then. So squeeze the most out of every moment.
Create memories you'll treasure. Be wise; build your life around those who matter!

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