Lesson Learned - More Blessed To Give Than To Receive

I was going through some of the books that my Grand Ma had left me. ...here is something that I came across... Please read and leave your comments. My eyes welled up and made me realise how selfish I am.....

A young man, a student in university, was one day taking a walk with a professor, who was commonly called “The Students’ Friend”. From his kindness to those who waited on his instructions. As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes which they supposed belonged to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work.
The student turned to the professor saying: “Let us play a trick on the man. We will hide his shoes and, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them”.
“My young friend”, answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of the poor man. Put a coin into each shoe, and we will hide ourselves and watch how the discovery affects him.”
The student did so, and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes. While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of the shoes; but feeling something hard, he stopped down to feel what it was, and found the coin.
Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance. He gazed upon the coin, turned it round, and looked at it again and again. He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe.; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin.
His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom the timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing.
The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “ Now”, said the professor, “are you not much better pleased than if you played your intended trick?”
The youth replied, “you have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of those words, which I never understood before. “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.
Many times we just think of ourselves and our own pleasure.
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14 Responses Feb 17, 2013

That was really touching. What's the title of that book? I like the story and the lesson.

It was an old tattered book. I will look it up for you. I am sure there will be reprints of it.

This story is new to me but the lesson is one I have known for a long time. I grew up in my poor mother's home - visiting my rich father's home on occasion. He taught us things like which fork to use at fancy restaurants in our childhood while she taught us things like spending time is more important than spending money. Fortunately, my father learned these things eventually. Great Story!

Thank you Jen, for your kind comments and thoughts. Yea, what we learn as children stay with us till the end.

I had read this before, but came across this again today. My eyes welled up so much that I had wipe my tears. A truly beautiful experience. I hope many read this story and are blessed too. Being the sensitive person that you are, I hope you find comfort too Phil.

Thank you Sandy. Each time I remember, this story the effect is the same. Yes, there is great comfort out here in EP.

You are a soft an sensitive person I gather from your stories. You must easily hurt. I do not visit EP that often, and for people who are looking spend time, it offers a way of escape. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Thank you. EP is a great place yes for people like me.

There is nothing greater than the feeling of helping others I believe that y I have always been n medical field. My only wish is that people were filled with this feling more than just during the holiday season. But I must say I felt so blessed and knew I had done a good job raising my kids when my 16 yr old daughter looked at methe other day and told me the only thing she wanted this yr for Christmas was for our whole family to go to a homeless shelter this yr and feed the less fortuniate. It actually brought tears to my eyes and joy n my heart, what teen thinks this way? I told her we wud do just that and wanted her to do the reseach an find the prefect place which she has alread done.

What better way to celebrate. Give to those who cannot return the favour, but their gratitude and joy is far greater.

Thi is a very interesting, helpful, moving and nice story someone and all of the people that read this will get a lesson from it..thank you and you posted this and let everyone sees and read it.

I love this story. It truly is a blessing to help others. And to remember that to think of others and that sometimes there is more to what we think we can see... :)

It is such a blessing to be a blessing... I am glad you thing the same too. Thank you for your kind comments SarahB.
Bless you

Very touching. Thank you for sharing this story. Very inspiring too.

Your welcome. I had to share this beautiful story with all. I shed tears reading it too. I had to leave out some sections.

I had a dream last night about this story. And it happened to be me who was being taught a lesson. I woke up and realised that I had been in tears even in my dreams. Is there more to this story? Is it portion of a book?

Yohanx I am glad that you have been touched. This was part of her collection of real stories that she had taken down, most probably from her church sermons/messages I believe. They were handwritten.

Thanks mate for sharing this story. Very touching.

Thank you for kind comment.

very beautiful story!

Thank you Anya. I am glad you appreciate it too.

were you not expecting that?

The fact that you read and took the time to comment, requires gratitude. How can someone not like it?

:-) yeah

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Very moving story. It must have been a true story too by the looks of it. Your grand mother must be having more of these stories due to her faith. Please find the time to share more of them.
Thank you for sharing such a moving story. I have tears streaming down as I write.

Yes Yohanx, I have several lovely encounters, experiences that she has made notes off and a collection. To transpose them in to word and then over here would take time. I will in due course.
I appreciate you kind comments.

Truly moving. Vaguely reminded me of a story Washington Irving shared in his "Tales of the Alhambra", of an old gentleman he met in Granada. Thanks for sharing.

Very moving indeed. I am sure we will find many many more of these stories that would have been true too. Thank you for you kind and thoughtful comments.

There is no greater joy than giving. Nice post.

Thank you for reading and commenting too.

Yes I got teary eyes too, such a beautiful story! It's true, we are selfish sometimes, aren't we? A huge lesson in this story...Thanks for sharing it Phil. Hugs xxx

Thank you for reading Kelly. The comments, inline with how I felt too. Hugs :)