I firmly believe in Matthew 6:4…so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
And this is something I have always taught my children, but I can’t help and share this.
Yesterday was a mad rush all day long. From sick dogs to losing Adam’s basketball jersey….and having to be at the gym by 4:30. We almost skipped dinner (Well, I was screaming that we were skipping dinner) when the jersey magically appeared on the floor in the backseat of the car!
With very little time left, we agreed to eat Chinese. The waitress seats us next to a tiny frail elderly woman, she immediately smiled and greeted all the kids. My niece Sophia said, “I don’t know her but I already love her” as we got settled in to our booth.
We all were eating, when the lady said, “Excuse me, can you tell me how much the buffet is?” (She had been sipping on a drink, I assumed she had already eaten)
I told her how much it was, when I glance at my own table. The kids stopped eating. They would not touch another bite of their food. Sophia started whispering for me to pay for her dinner, but I didn’t know how to do it without the possibility of offending or making her uncomfortable. We decided that if she was still there after we ate that I would pay for her dinner. With the decision made, the kids immediately wanted to leave!!
Kids all made a point to give her their biggest smiles and tell her to have a good day as they were leaving.
I told the waitress to add a meal on the ticket for her, I paid the bill of $70 and we quietly left not mentioning it again.
I spent all of my cash and needed to run by an ATM to get more before we went to the basketball game. But decided to go home and change my clothes first. I put my coat on and walked out the door in a panic because (shocker) we were late. Put my hand in my pocket, and pulled out $50. (Seriously God?)
After games, grocery shopping and Dairy Queen…the money, well, was once again gone and I didn’t have any cash.
Adam decided he was going to Roanoke at 5:30 this morning with Kerri to watch Sophia’s volleyball tournament. I texted Kerri (my sis) and told her I had no cash, of course she didn’t care. I told Adam that Kerri would take care of everything today then he puts his hands in his pockets and pulled out $25!!
DINNER WAS ON GOD with $5 to spare!
With everything that is going on in the world, I felt led to share this story. What if we all treated each other with kindness? Without asking for anything in return?
Something to think about, I guess.