By: Kelli Artherton
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
A few years ago my husband, the girls and I were sitting at Applebee’s in Nixa having a nice dinner. We were just enjoying each others company, minding our own business. After we finished dinner, we asked for our check.
To our surprise, our waitress had told us that someone in the restaurant had paid for our entire dinner! She said they told her that we seemed like such a great family and they wanted to do something nice. Que the tears! This really pulled at my heart strings! Wow! I had never had this happen in a restaurant. I had someone in a drive through occasionally pay for my drink or lunch, but never the entire family! I of course looked around Applebee’s looking for someone that I had thought paid for our meal. I wanted to thank them. I just couldn’t believe it. However, they wanted to remain anonymous.
Even though this was such a small act of kindness in the scheme of things, I will never forget it! I still think about it to this day. I try to do my part in paying it forward. Especially if I am in the drive thru, or even at the grocery store.
Just being nice to people is an act of paying it forward. While at the grocery store one afternoon on my lunch break, there was a lady that had a few items in her hands she came up behind me and huffed and puffed. I could tell she was in a bigger hurry than I was. I had very few items as well, but I asked if she wanted to go in front of me. She gladly accepted and said oh my goodness thank you so much. I have had such a rough day and need to get to an appointment that I am already late to. I could see her mood instantly improve.
You never know what someone is going through. A small act of kindness goes far, even when it may seem so small to you. So even when you think you may not be able to pay it forward, you can do so in the simplest form of opening a door for someone, helping the elderly out to their car with their groceries or letting them go in front of you in line.
When we have very little, it can seem hard to let go of what we have. But we are called to reach out to those who are hurting, offering food, comfort or a even a prayer. We don’t need to worry about coming up short, because God always multiplies whatever it is we give. So the next time you are feeling blue, do something nice for someone and then imagine what God can do in your life.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16