Kindness Paid Forward at the Sandwich Shop

12 “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12, New Revised Standard Version)

I have posted some in the last week or so about some people who lacked kindness, compassion and/or empathy in the things I have seen. I think it is also important that I share with you when I learn of someone who demonstrates those things to the world. Yesterday, John White, a church member where I am the pastor, shared something that recently happened to him that you should read.

John had an instance a few days ago, while he was chasing some lunch at a local sandwich shop. He had already fished his Master-Card out of his wallet and was prepared to pay for his lunch.

He first placed his order and then drove up the the drive-in window. There he was greeted by a smiling employee that the car behind him had already paid for his meal.

John said he was pretty shocked to say the least. He also said he had been on the giving end of a few “pay it forward” events. But he had never received one before.

John joked with the smiling young lady at the drive-in window that he must have looked to be in sad shape to warrant such a generous gift. Then he took the lunch from the sandwich shop clerk at the window and asked her to please thank the people in the car behind him, and to please tell them he was appreciative of their generosity and kindness.

As John drove away he said he was still was pretty stunned by the trully gracious and generous gift the total strangers in the car behind him had shown him. He said it was not something he expected.

John’s family is not need. It isn’t destitute. John says that God has blessed his family richly.

John concluded this story by saying, “The important lesson that finally seeped into this crusty ole soul, is that sometimes a gift of kindness is not necessary to fill an earthly need, but rather reminds us that we are not alone in this world to make large, small or medium positive impacts upon a fellow traveler. Kindness is a gift that requires no currency, but rather the heart of a blessed giver.”

Let me be the first here to say, “Amen to that.”

John’s story reminds me that there are people out there who are kind and who do wonderful things for others without any thought of repayment. They just do it to share some level of kindness with some else who shares their world. Wouldn’t that be something all of us can do and make our world a little better. I close my post by saying, “Seeking the Genuine,” but being unsure when or even if I will see the next act of kindness. Then someone comes along and I can see the genuine for a person who may or may not have a need or perhaps letting that person know that someone cares. For some, that could make all the difference in the world.

Be blessed.

Seeking (and sometimes finding) the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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