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Make a Gift of the Irreplaceable


            She was a girl to catch everyone’s attention.

            Her blonde hair was pulled back into a neat ponytail.  And her blue eyes shimmered with youth.  The pink dress fit smartly and matched beautifully with her still-pinker shoes.

            She slipped her hand into the man’s hand and skipped playfully out the door with her thumb stuck in her mouth.  I suspect she was not much more than three years old.

            Her grandfather seemed kind.  Their conversation was that of only a three-year-old and someone of grandfather age:  easy, comfortable, and simple.  It seemed to me that they were on a McDonald’s date.  I know nothing of their story—only what I observed of them from my perch.  It was cute.

            Most of all, it made me think.  I never knew my grandfather on either side of my family.  On my mom’s side, he’d passed away in another country long before I would have met him.  And on my father’s side, it was alcohol and the miles that kept us separated.

            And it occurred to me, what a great gift this little girl with the pink dress possessed:  time with her grandfather.  How often I need to be reminded in my own life, with my spouse, with my children, to give this gift.  It’s the gift of time, and it is irreplaceable.

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. » Learn More. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously.

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