Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. (Titus 3:14)

It had been Jacob’s prize possession since he was two years old, so now that he was four, he’d had it for half of his life! The satin trim was getting a little worn and there were stains here and there, but this blanket had been with him through the thick and thin of toddlerhood. Every once in a while, Jacob’s little sister tried to steal his special blanket, but he always got it back after a few minutes. It belonged to him!

Jacob had weathered the first weeks of preschool reasonably well. He now knew everyone’s names, where the bathroom was, and that Mommy would always come back. The faithful blanket peeking out of his backpack gave him assurance sometimes when he got a little lonely.

One Wednesday morning, a new face came to his classroom. Jacob took one look at her and knew she was scared. The teacher helped them to welcome Janie and told them she had just moved from another town. Mrs. Lewis asked Jacob to show Janie to her seat. A little later, when Jacob peeked over at her, he could see Janie was crying. He remembered how lonely he felt on his first day. Slowly, Jacob reached inside his backpack to pull out his special blanket, and he put the corner of it in her hand.

Focus on generously sharing the grace that you have received.

Elizabeth Rhyno is passionate about seeing people spiritually formed in worship. Wife to Scott and mom to three awesome teens, Elizabeth sees life as a joy journey.

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