You Can Do This TODAY!

As I was walking through a parking lot on a recent trip, my attention was drawn to a gentleman who was walking nearby.   He might have been a millionaire, but if so he certainly hid it well.   I saw outward signs of poverty.   Unclean.   His countenance was cast down.   No spark in his step and no sparkle in his eye.

For whatever reason, I felt a prompting to give him some money.   He had not approached me.   He did not ask for it, but I walked over to the man and said, “Let me bless you today”, handed him the money, and turned away.

His surprise was obvious.

I have no idea what he did with the money, but I believe he probably needed that money way more than me.

LIFE LESSON:   Living generously is the only way to live.

ACTION FOR TODAY: Find someone that you can bless with a gift of money, service, or time – and do it TODAY!

Have you ever been able to bless someone like this?   Share your story with us in the comments!

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  1. Michele on June 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Sometimes when my kids and I go thru fast food drive-thru, we enjoy paying for the car behind us! We have fun guessing how much the bill is going to be. I tell the cashier to let the individual know that they have received a blessing. The kids love watching the reaction of the blessed one!

  2. Patsy on June 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Last week a family in my neighborhood had some family problems that landed the story in the local newspaper. I did not know them but felt so sorry that they were having problems and wanted to do something. I did not even know which house it really was. So on Sunday, after church, I bought some lunch, and delivered it to them (I took it to the wrong house first and was directed to the right place).

    I just told them that I had heard they had been having troubles and I just wanted to try to make them feel better. What a blessing I got. Never had met them but came away realizing they were NewSpring members and just like me, trouble had come their way. I let them know that I was available to help in any way and am praying for their situation.

  3. Anita on June 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Just saw a man on the side of the road with a sign saying he was hungry. At first I ignored him as my 11 year old son sat beside me in the passenger’s seat. Then I got a stirring in my heart. I really felt like God wanted me to give him some money. I rolled down the window and gave it to him. He was shocked and very thankful. We don’t know what he will do with the money but my son and I prayed for him. A life lesson for both of us. We have so much to be thankful for. We are so blessed and we need to bless others.

  4. Wanda Becxatti on July 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I found out from one co-worker that another co-worker was scheduled for a medical test tomorrow but could not afford the co-pay. I went to the ATM and pulled out the $50 she needed. I gave it to the co-worker she had confided in — I didn’t want to embarass her or let her know that my co-worker had shared some information.

    It felt good to know that she will be able to have the tests done and what was even more fun for me — she has no idea that I was the one that gave it to her!

    I can remember 20 years ago when my husband and I were having a rough time — some of my co-workers gave me gas money to be able to get home and hold me over until my next pay check. Now I know how they felt in being able to help someone else. I’m glad that I’m at a place where we are able to do this.

    Without your help and guidance with budgeting — we wouldn’t be able to do this!

    Thank you Joe!


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