Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness

Today, while sitting at a stoplight, I notice the man from the truck behind me exit his truck and walk up to my car. He has something in his hand and motions for me to roll down my window, which I do. The gentleman congratulates me and hands me a 10 dollar bill. He walks back to his truck, the light turns green and off we go. WOW!

Needless to say, just minutes before I had been at lunch with the hubs and was complaining  about the chalk on my back window that reads "JUST MARRIED" and has been there for 6 months (yes, SIX), and how it was driving me crazy and I wanted it off. I guess today was my reminder to be thankful for what I have and to stop complaining :)

I almost wanted to feel guilty, but instead I plan on passing along a RAOK! Has you ever done a RAOK like this one or have you ever been on the other side- as the receiver?? I would love to hear your stories!  

As I was driving the rest of the way home and the mans truck disappeared as he went his own way I couldn't help but think what inspired him to do this?  Was he just so wealthy he had to give money away to a complete stranger? I doubt it, as he was traveling in his older model white F150 and was dressed in jeans and a t-shirt that read "Calloways"- which is a plant nursery here in town.  Or was he a follower of Christ who was passing along a blessing for me, from Jesus because He knew I was having a rough day? Part of me wants to go back to Calloways, see if the man works there and and return the favor or at least drop off a note to thank to man.  I was so overjoyed it is hard to explain.  I could not think of why a man that I didn't even know would give away his money.  
While all these things were running through my head I couldn't help now but reflect on the Cross, it brings me back to my knees to think of the sinless Savior, Jesus Christ, giving up his life (and God giving up his son), dying a horrible death on a cross for ME... a sinner who has a wicked heart! His grace is what saved me and brought me back to life and I hope that you too would reflect on such blessings in your life!

I hope this inspires you too to do a RAOK this week!! It is a truly amazing feeling to receive but more-so to give. 

Dear God, thank you for ALL the blessings, both large and small, that you continue to cover me in EVERY day!  Help me to always be mindful and thankful, for all things come from YOU! :) 

1 comment:

  1. LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for the smile this morning! :) I did recently have a RAOK come back full circle, but I've always promised God that it would be "our little secret." It helps me keep me humble that way!

    Anyway, when someone showed a RAOK toward my sister on an errand I asked her to run, I couldn't help but laugh because the blessing she received was the exact blessing I had shared on several different occasions. Just like you said, it was so cool to be on the receiving end of that and I felt encouraged to continue sharing this particular blessing with others as the Lord leads. Not because I want it back in return, but because the joy I felt in sharing it was ten times greater than the joy I felt in receiving it! :)

    Keep that "Just Married" up a little longer, girl! You could build your Cute Shoes Fund lickety split! I'm sure that's what K would want you to do with it, anyway...right? ;)


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