I shared something on my Facebook page a little over a week ago and it’s been on my heart to share it here with y’all.
So I was sitting in my car on my lunch break one day, pretending I wasn’t hungry so I wouldn’t have to buy any food. I had just gotten back from an amazing yet very expensive trip to Hawaii with my family and the LAST thing I wanted to do was spend anymore money on anything else. But I wound up deciding to go to Wendy’s to grab something quick and cheap to eat. When I pulled up to the drive-thru window to pay for my food, I was told the man in front of me had already paid for it. “Really?!” I said, smiling. When I looked ahead of me to see a gray Dodge Charger pulling out of the drive-thru, I was reminded of some things:
1) God ALWAYS provides. Like I said, my funds were looking a little rough at the time, so I had every intention to survive on makeshift meals and leftovers for the remainder of the week until pay day. But God came through and put it on some random person’s heart to pay for my meal, which reminded me of how He oftentimes uses people to be a blessing to others at just the right moment. Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
2) The smallest acts of kindness can have the greatest impact. Whether it’s paying for a stranger’s meal or calling just to let someone know you’re thinking of them, you never know how much of a difference you can make in someone’s life simply by being kind. Proverbs 11:25 -The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
3) Give without expecting credit or recognition in return. What I admired most about what that man did was the fact that he didn’t even try to stick around and wait for me to tell him thank you. A lot of times when we do something nice for someone, we expect some type of credit or recognition in return. But at the end of the day, we shouldn’t be doing things for a pat on the back. We should be doing them simply because we want to contribute some goodness to this world. Matthew 6:1 – Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
4) Pay it forward. True selflessness is shown when we pay it forward and do for those to whom we owe absolutely nothing, and vice versa. Luke 6:33 – And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.
What was the last kind thing you did for someone or someone did for you? What are some ways you feel you can be a blessing to others?