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Mr. Hinson’s Gift

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I dropped my transistor radio again. The last time, Mom and Dad paid for its repair, but I knew that if I told them I’d done it again, I would be punished and the radio would stay broken.

When Mr. Hinson, a neighbor, and deacon at my church, learned of my problem he offered to fix the radio. He worked at a shop that repaired electronics and chose to use his abilities to help me.

As an eleven-year-old, I didn’t know about the work he did. All I knew was that the generosity of his time and skills was a huge gift to me, one I’ve never forgotten.

I don’t have a transistor radio anymore, but I do listen to music on an iPhone. Unfortunately, I’ve dropped it often—and twice into water. I think of Mr. Hinson every time.

His generosity influenced me to look for the opportunities to be generous with my knowledge too, whether it’s advising non-profits or driving patients to a medical center. We never know how much these acts may mean to someone else.


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Kim King

Kim King served as an attorney and manager in the law department of Exxon Mobil Corporation for over thirty years. She is now pursuing writing and other interests and lives in Houston with her four-legged roommate, Callie. She has served on the boards of various ministries. She loves to learn, write, and teach. Her first book, When Women Give, was released by InterVarsity Press in August 2017. Kim is passionate about helping women fulfill their purpose to the glory of God. Her purpose statement is “bringing clarity.”

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