This past Wednesday evening we had our annual Doorholders and LIT Christmas Party. Each student brought a 1 pound gift for our exchange and we were set for a grand time. Some of the more creative gifts that night were 4 quarter pounders in a happy meal box, a canvas with a hashtag glued on it for pound, a gecko lizard and a number of others. Joshua happened to draw the last number of the night so he new he had a long wait before choosing his gift. One of the last gifts opened was a pair of glasses that also functioned as binoculars. Now if anyone knows Joshua, you know that he loves glasses. He loves silly glasses and crazy glasses and any and all fun glasses. So you can imagine how much he wanted that gift. I knew that when it was his turn, he would get up and make a beeline to steal those glasses.
When it was his turn, he got up and surprisingly made a beeline the other direction. To everyone's surprise, he went right to a previously opened gift which was a toddler leash in the shape of a monkey. He grabbed it without a word, went back to his chair and whispered to his dad..."I'll explain later". I knew in an instant what he was thinking...he saw a present for Bethany's coming baby and knew he wanted to get it for her to help them out. He put his own desires on the back burner and only thought of Amelia and his desire to love her first. Later he came to me and commented about how much he had wanted to pick the glasses...but the really beautiful thing is that his personal desire was second to the needs of his niece. Now, I expect that kind of decision from myself...being a mom...But, I don't expect that from a high school boy. I was so moved by his selflessness and realized that God made a similar decision so many years ago. I was the baby that wasn't born yet. I was the little soul that hadn't seen earth yet, but was loved fiercely by my God who put his own desires second to mine. It