Thursday, March 10, 2011

Little Blessings

Have you ever had a little blessing?  One that came out of no where?  Let me inspire you today.
After work, I stopped by a store.  Getting into the checkout line, I heard the gentleman in front of me giving a lady directions and telling her "Have a Blessed Day - God Bless".  It caught my attention because I rarely hear that and I for one, was happy to hear it.  After all, couldn't we all use a blessed day?  Anyway, he was buying a gift bag and some tissue and such for someone's gift.  He told the cashier, he was able to pay $1.75 in cash toward it and would charge the balance.  She said the balance is .96.  He began to swipe his card.  "Stop" I said, "Don't swipe your credit card for .96.  I'm trying to get out of debt and hate seeing anyone using a credit card - don't swipe your card for that."  I handed the cashier a one dollar bill.   Stunned, the man turned and said thank you and shook my hand and gave me a "God Bless You".   The cashier handed me my .04 change and held my hand as she placed it in my hand and said, "That was so unexpected.  You will really be blessed."  I told her that I hoped so that I sure could use some!  So I checked out and my total was $6.50 and this young man who I have no idea who he was, said to the cashier, "wait - how much is her total?"  I turned to see this young, clean cut man pulling his wallet out.  "No" I said "my total is a lot more than his .96!"  He handed the cashier the money.    I just wanted to cry right there on the spot.  I gave him a hug of thanks and told him that was so nice of him and as I turned to the door, I did have tears welling up in my eyes. 

After the week I've had of everything to go wrong, my .96 turned to $6.50.   I bet the cashier couldn't believe what was happening in front of her.  I truly hope all those that witnessed this really saw God's hand at work.  In a world of protests, shootings, and other horrors I don't even want to write - here in a small quiet way - I saw blessings and God's work again happening in my life.  When I got to the car, I couldn't even speak and had to just thank God for letting me experience that and said a special prayer for the young man who paid for my belongings.   It touched my heart so much and that $6.50 had such a great impact on me.  I felt inspired again of the good that is out there.

So, here is a challenge for you.  Lets see if we can pass something on - shall we? 
Pick at least one day (or more!) and do something small for someone else.  Do you go through a toll booth?  Then tell the attendant you want to pay for the car behind you - let the attendant know that they don't know you but you just want to do it.   If you see an elderly person loading groceries, stop and help them or if someone is in line at a store behind you and looks like they need their spirits lifted, do what the young man did for me - tell the cashier you want to pay for the person behind you too - - just because.    Is there a policeman, fireman, nurse, doctor or someone who serves the public eating at a restaurant where you are eating?  Pick up their meal ticket without saying anything and go to the waitress or waiter and tell them you want to pay for their meal or tell the waiter or waitress you want to pay for their meal and have her grab the ticket for you if you are shy.    See someone working hard outside?  Drive by and hand them a bottled water.  I'm telling you--seeing it pay forward tonight for me - was inspiring to say the least and I bet you can experience it too if you just do something like I mentioned above. 

If you do my challenge to you, then stand back and see the smile on their face, or the handshake or hug you'll get - it'll brighten your day too.   And, if you do something and you believe, then be sure to throw in a God Bless You or Have a Blessed Day too!

So go get inspired...and if anyone ever reads this that hears this story from the young man - - let him know I've said special prayers for him too and how much his gesture touched my heart today.

Have you experienced a little blessing lately?  If so, post it in my comment section!  Or if you take my challenge, post me a comment and tell me what you did and what happened.  We can all use some inspiration - so share them and let others get inspired by you too!   Oh....and ....Have a Blessed Day!  ; )

Until next time.....