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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Monday, October 29, 2007

Good Samaritan

On Saturday my husband and I were able to attend Homecoming festivities at the college where we graduated. It was easy to do that since we live in the same town as the college. Our boys were busy serving at a local camp for the day so we had the day to ourselves.

After enjoying the free breakfast, watching the homecoming parade, taking part in some tailgating activities, we decided to stop for lunch at the Chick-fil-A which had recently opened on campus. We entered the food line and reminisced about the "good old days". We picked out two sandwiches and a large waffle fries and placed it on the tray and then went to the register to check out.

My husband pulled out his wallet and discovered that he had not brought along the type of credit card that we needed to pay for our food. We had no cash, and I had left my wallet at home. We did not even have a MAC card. Of course we were a little flustered, but said that we would just have to put the food back since we were unable to pay for it. To our surprise the cashier piped up and said that she could cover it for us. My husband had mentioned that he works on campus. She told him that he should just come over on Monday and pay her what we owed.

We were shocked by her generosity. She had no guarantee that my husband would actually pay her back, she just did it for us with good faith that we would pay her back. (We did go back home immediately and got the money and paid her right away). God used this cashier - Molly - to speak to my heart. God reminded me of the story of the Good Samaritan. Molly did not know us, but she still chose to help us out. She performed an act of kindness for us and we were truly blessed by it.

When was the last time you performed a random act of kindness for someone you know, or for a complete stranger? There are many ideas of things that you can do: pay for the person's meal behind you as you go through the drive-thru; rake leaves for a neighbor, write a note of encouragement, take a meal to a shut-in, take a basket of goodies to a local business and let them know how much you appreciate them... The list goes on and on of ideas of how we can be a Good Samaritan in someone's life. Ask God this week to show you someone that He would like you to minister to. He will point out someone and will also give you an idea of what you can do to be a blessing to that person.


Sisterlisa said...

Oh for crying out loud! :O) Did you see what I posted last night? It's AMAING how God is speaking to you and I BOTH ABOUT THESE THINGS!!!!

Digging for Pearls said...

No, I didn't get a chance to read your post yet. :)