My sister was behind two women in a McDonald line. They were fumbling with their change to pay. She stepped up, paid for their food and added a few more meals besides. How did she know they were needy? Why did she step up, even though her own needs were many?
Give a Bit More – #12
Have you ever been tagged by someone who is paying forward? A stranger may pickup the tab for your lunch, or your coffee, or pay your toll on the highway. It’s a nice gesture that can make someone’s day and can cost no more than a few cents or a few dollars.
To the person on the other end, those dollars may mean far more than they do in your pocket. For those of us who are holding our own in this economy, now is the time to give a little more than usual.
Make your tips more generous in restaurants, give a few bucks to the guys at the car wash, or the happy dollars jar at the Rotary Club meeting. Buy some extra groceries next time you’re food shopping and drop them off at a local food bank.
Haven’t worn it for two years? Donate it to the local thrift shop. Buy $4.25 worth of stuff at a yard sale, give them a five and tell them to keep the change.
You’re paying forward for the blessings about to come into your life as well as those you already enjoyed, for the beautiful day, for the love around you, for the peace we have all enjoyed for so long.
Give a little and get a lot in return. Something to consider!
It’s a new year. Set new, higher standards for generosity and philanthropy. And if money is tight, consider giving something even more important – your time.