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Paying It Forward

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“And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner.” – Luke 6:31, Douay-Rheims

Jeremy’s day was off to a rough start. He overslept and was running late. Traffic was worse than usual and his smartphone’s battery was dying. He stopped at his usual coffee shop but when he went to pay, the cashier excitedly told him the person before him had already paid his bill.

The act of kindness made Jeremy smile. So, he decided to pay it forward and bought the coffee for the person in line behind him. For the rest of the day, Jeremy tried to look for little ways he could brighten someone else’s day.

He helped his co-worker unload the latest inventory, even though it wasn’t his turn to do the task. He bought an extra sandwich at lunch for Rebekah, who always ran late and usually ended up skipping her midday meal.

Like Jeremy, you can do random acts of kindness as a way of giving back. If you’re stuck for ideas, try doing one of these things:

  • Pay for the coffee of the person behind you
  • Leave a big tip for your server
  • Write a sweet note and put it in your child’s backpack.
  • Give a stranger a simple compliment.
  • Call a friend going through a hard time.
  • Smile at someone. Mother Theresa is known for saying that we can never know how much good a smile can do.

Kindness doesn’t cost much and it only takes a few minutes to start a chain reaction.

Reflection Questions: Have you ever had someone do a “random act of kindness” for you? How did it make you feel? Have you ever done one for someone else? Describe your experience. List a few random acts of kindness you could do in the next week.

God, help me find little ways to give back to others. I want to cheer up those around me who might be having a bad day.

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