Monday Inspiration: Paying It Forward

"Each day is a special gift from God."

“Each day is a special gift from God.”

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Inspiration: Here’s something to think about if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, even frustrated at the world.

Over the weekend, I had a remarkable experience that may seem somewhat small, but to me, it meant something.

I was passing through on my way to vacuum out my car at the place next to my house. On the way there, I saw kids and moms holding up signs for a car wash. The money would go to support their baseball team. I slowed down and stopped my car, pulled up next to the lady holding up the sign. I reached over and grabbed my last dollar bill out of my wallet. I gave it to her, telling her I don’t need a car wash today, but I just wanted to donate something. She gave me a warm smile, and I slowly drove away, on to the car place. I felt good about doing something nice, even though it was small.

I pull up to the car place. The sign says, quarters only. I go through my wallet, thinking I had enough quarters. I don’t – I am two short, but I have a handful of dimes. I don’t have any more dollar bills on me, so I walk up to see if there was some way I could get change; there were a few machines lined up. As I’m standing there trying to figure out the machine, a man walked up and asked me if I needed help. I said, well I was looking for quarters in exchange for the dimes I had. If I can’t get it, no big deal, you know. So what happens? The nice man just smiled and gave me four quarters, double what I needed. Double! Again, although it is small, I was very grateful, and amazed at this kindness. I said thank you, very much, to the man. Have a nice day! He said no problem.

So within ten minutes, I had given up something to the universe — to the kids — then what happened? The universe turned around and gave me DOUBLE of what I needed, in an instant. How about that? So, this is what I would call a small miracle. Small, but nevertheless, a little miracle.

Sometimes all you need is just a little miracle to let you know God has his eyes on you.

“Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over–will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” — Luke 6:38

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