It was the Christmas season and Paul had received a special pre-Christmas gift from his brother. It was a beautiful brand new automobile.
On Christmas Eve, when Paul came out of his office, a street kid was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it. When Paul went to get into the car the kid asked him, “Mister, is this your car?”
When Paul replied that it was, and that his brother had given it to him for Christmas, the boy said, “You mean your brother gave it to you, and it didn’t cost you anything? Free, for nothing? Gosh, I wish…”
The boy hesitated, and Paul knew what he was about to say. He had heard it many times over the past few days. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the boy said jarred Paul all the way down to his toes. “I wish…” the boy went on, “…that I could be a brother like that.”
Source: From a sermon by Steven Angus, “A Servant Like That” 1/21/2009