I read an article about 11-year-old Gina Locke. Her older brother’s friend, a former neighbor who was as welcome in her home as a member of the family, had been seriously injured. To help him, Gina decided to sell her lamb, Champ, at the local fair. She used her creativity, making a flyer that told about the friend and her decision to sell Champ, and asked for additional donations.
Champ was sold twice. The first company paid for Champ and gave him back to Gina to sell again. Then another company paid for the lamb. Gina’s gift of Champ raised $4,691.25. I tried to imagine being the one receiving Gina’s generosity, knowing that the sacrifice of her beloved friend with his woolly coat was for me. I would be humbled, awe-struck, overwhelmed.
The boldly kind and generous Gina said, “I’ll give my lamb for you.” Could you—would you—do the same?
This message was adapted from “My Lamb for You” by Evon O. Flesberg that appeared in the January/February 2006 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.