The boy asked, "Why is that puppy all alone?"
The manager explained, "That puppy was born with a bad leg and would be crippled for life, so we're going to have to put him to sleep."
"You're going to kill this little puppy?" the boy said sadly while patting it.
"You have to realize that this puppy would never be able to run and play with a boy like you."
After a short conversation with his boy, the dad told the manager that they wanted to buy the puppy with the bad leg.
"For the same amount of money, you could have one of the "healthy" ones. Why do you want this one?"
To answer the manager's question, the boy bent over and pulled up the pants on his right leg, exposed the brace underneath and said, "Mister, I want this one because I understand what he's going through."
This principle is at the heart of those who reach out to help others. We know what they are going through. Scripture says, "God comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 3 (2005).