For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.
Written by: Tiffany Williford
The other day, I was in line at the drive-through getting food for a quick dinner. My family and I were on the road between activities having another busy school day. In my head, I was thinking about how long it would be until we got home, what to order, if I had a coupon, how long homework would take, and the list goes on. I pulled up to the window and grabbed my coupon and card to get ready to pay. My daughters were giggling loudly in the background so I could not fully hear the cashier. “Can you please repeat that?” I asked the cashier. “No payment needed. The person before you paid it forward,” the cashier replied. I paused for a minute with my card and coupon in hand, shocked. After I processed my new blessing, I smiled. Some lovely stranger decided to pay for dinner for my family. They had no idea how much our total bill would be, but they did it anyway. As I saw the back lights of the car in front of us leaving, I thought how someone that didn’t even know us decided to bless us, not asking anything in return.
Their small act of kindness brightened my day. It was a reminder of God’s goodness in us as well as a reminder that blessings can happen at any minute and be completely unexpectedly! This customer paying it forward is an example of the hope we look for when looking for the good in other people. We also hold on to that same hope for ourselves. God is continually transforming those around us. No one is ever completely lost, unfixable, or unforgiven. Deuteronomy 4:31 states, “For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.” Anyone at any time, no matter who they are, what they’ve done, or what has been done to them, can pay it forward.
Thought of the day: This week while you are going about your regular activities, I challenge you to pay it forward. You pay it forward, then that person pays it forward and pretty quickly, it is a chain reaction. Pay it forward by adding someone’s coffee to your order, buying ice cream and leaving it behind for the next guest, or picking up the bill for the car behind you, or any other idea you can come up with.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the many people You have put in this world who are continually being a blessing to others. I pray that You will move in my heart. I pray You will give me a grateful heart and attitude. I ask You to show me what You are doing in my heart and my life and help me respond to it. Thank You, God, for all You do in and through me. In Jesus’ name, amen.