Pass it on

When I was in college, I ran a computer-building business.  I’d like to say it was my way of working my way through college, but the truth is, it was a way to make money to support my habit for toys, dining out and going to movies.  I may have spent some of the earnings on books, but mostly, it was probably squandered.

I remember a close friend of mine named, Larry Venable gave me an external CD-ROM drive.  I was in need of one to help my business along because I was a poor college student who couldn’t pay for it myself.  In those days, external CD drives ran around $350… clearly above my means.  It was a necessity for building computers, however since most of my software was on CD and most of the computers I was dealing with were not pre-installed with optical drives yet.

I remember clearly the lump in my throat when he gave it to me.  I was floored by his generosity.  He said to me, “Paul, this is a significant gift and a sacrifice but you need it.  I don’t want you to keep it, however.  When you come across someone else who needs it, give it to them.  With this comes a lesson of generosity and love.”

I promised to do so.

Today, the drive sits in my basement in a box of used and obsolete items.  I’ve had opportunities to give it away, but never did because my pride and greed got in the way.

… but I never forgot Larry’s generosity nor the lesson he tried to teach me.

Larry, recently I gave away my laptop to a friend who needed one to build his business.  I’ve honored your request and fulfilled my promise.

I love you and the lessons that Christ taught me through you.

To my friend with a new laptop:   this is a significant gift and a sacrifice but you need it.  I don’t want you to keep it, however.  When you come across someone else who needs it, give it to them.  With this comes a lesson of generosity and love.

Pass it on.

2 thoughts on “Pass it on”

  1. hey bro–

    to me, you’ve been generous. you and your wife extended a safe haven to me and my son when we were in the midst of a great personal crisis.

    you let us live with you so i could continue to provide a quality of life for my son during the trauma…for nearly two years.

    your heart took the lesson from the seed planted, bro. the great part is that you never noticed the fruit.

  2. You call, email and IM your Dad and Mom and ask how we are. That’s big. I always know you love us. Well…uh, I always know I love YOU, too!

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