I saw something shocking yesterday. Something that stuck with me all day long. A young, just-starting-out couple was at the store buying food. The cashier was also young – a single mother, barely out of her teens. She rang up the couples’ items and it came to about $75 (for a few bags of food – not more than they could carry, since they were walking. The crazy cost of food is a blog for another day!). They looked at each other in dismay.
“There isn’t that much on the card,” the man said.
“Maybe we can overdraft our account,” replied the woman.
The cashier asked, “How much do you have?”
“Maybe $50,” they replied.
At this point, we all expected the cashier to start helping them choose $25 worth of merchandise to return to the shelf. Instead, she took out her own debit card and paid for $30 of their purchase.
Think of that! She’s a young single mom working at a discount store. She probably makes about $8 per hour. That means she just gave some 3 ½ hours of her life to help these people. She did it quickly. Without hesitation. For people she obviously didn’t know, except as customers in her store. She did it for no reason at all, except that they needed help.
When they left, she cried a little. “I’m sorry.” She said to me. “I’m just so happy that I was able to help them!”
When I got to my car, I cried a little too. I was humbled. I was blessed.
Last Sunday my pastor talked about love. Whenever we see love, we see God.
Yesterday, I saw the face of God. And it was indescribably beautiful!
Today I will go out of my way to show the face of God to someone else.
A little postscript:
Have you ever heard of the movie, “Pay it Forward?” The idea is that if you offer an act of kindness to just THREE people today, and ask them to pay it forward to three people in the next 24 hours, and they do the same, the ENTIRE POPULATION of the planet – all seven billion + of us – will have been blessed in less than three weeks. Less than 21 days! One person… you…. me…. CAN make a difference! Be the face of God today.