Pay It Forward - Have you done that? What I call pay it forward, is do a good deed for someone else that you are not seeking anything back from it. No pats on the back, or someone saying that was a nice thing or anything like that. I grew up poor and have 7 brothers and sisters and there were many people, mostly from the church, that helped my mother out greatly. I even remember a lady in the church buying my mother a station wagon. Now that I am older, I realize how big of a sacrifice that lady made buying that car. I'm not saying we need to buy a car or anything that big. I will tell you about a couple of things but strictly for the purpose of examples.
The first one is when I was on a business trip, I went to a Shoney's Restaurant for their breakfast bar (they have an awesome breakfast bar). I was there alone and was watching a family sitting a couple booths away and across the isle from me. The mom and dad was only drinking coffee but the three kids were eating from the breakfast bar. I seen the little boy offer his dad a piece of bacon and the dad took it but that was the only thing he ate. I seen them when the drove up and noticed the car was an older car and you could just tell they didn't have a lot of money. I don't know if they were on vacation or if they lived in that town. I know some may be thinking that it would be cheaper for them to go to the grocery store and eat at home or something like that, because I thought that at first myself. Then I remembered in my early days that I took my family on vacation and we didn't have a lot. We packed sandwiches and drinks but we all had fun. Anyway, back to the story. You know you sometimes get the quiet little voice telling you to do something? Well, that happened to me. I felt lead to pay for their visit at this restaurant. I could tell they were getting close to being done so I hurried up and finished so I could get their ticket on my way out. When I told the cashier quietly that I wanted to pay for their meal, she was like, WHAT? I told her that I didn't want them to know who I was or anything like that. I don't know this family and I have never seen them again. This is what I call Pay It Forward. You never know, that family may come in contact with someone that they can help and they will remember that a complete stranger gave to them and that they would assist the one in need that they ran into.
Then another one is on a little lighter note. I was driving through McDonald's a couple years ago and seen someone I knew in the drive-thru. When I got to the cashier window, I paid for their meal along with mine. I received a call later that day, because they did see me and knew who I was, and they just wanted to thank me. They said nobody has ever done that to them. Yes, they could afford to have paid their own meal but it is the pay if forward thinking is why I did it. It was also fun!
Know that you are armed with this knowledge, go out and try it today. When you are standing in line at WalMart, or a grocery store or even a restaurant and you get that little still voice telling you need to do this, then do it. You will be greatly blessed. In the Bible it tells you that it is better to give than to receive. Have a GREAT day :)
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