Paying it Forward

Yesterday, I checked the mailbox after I got home. Walking in the house, flipping through the mail, I came across a curious piece of mail. 

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Hand-written and addressed to “Current Resident.” Very odd. Most pieces of mail we receive addressed to “current resident” are advertisements, political campaigns, or something of that type. I was very intrigued and quickly opened the envelope. 

This is what I found:

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Crazy, right?! 

Paying it Forward

I always see and hear stories of these sorts of things…meals paid for, food left on the doorstep, Wal-mart hauls purchased, etc. But, I’ve never been on the receiving end, until now. 

I mentioned yesterday that I was headed to Prayer at the Pole at my school on Monday morning. Each Monday, those who can and who’d like to, gather at 6:45 am for a devotion led by a local community member or a school faculty member. It’s early, but always well worth the effort. 

Yesterday, my assistant principal lead a devotion based on I Thessalonians 5: 11-15. 

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

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Interestingly enough, it seems that the mysterious person who mailed us such a lovely package, practiced many of the things talked about in I Thessalonians:

  • Acknowledge those who work hard and hold them in high regard
  • Live in peace with each other
  • Make sure that no one pays back wrong for wrong
  • Strive to do what is good for each other 
  • ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER AND BUILD EACH OTHER UP. 

After a particularly difficult last few weeks, the message today, compounded with the gift we received in the mail, was just the encouragement I needed. I am so blessed in so many ways. 

I now cannot wait to “pay it forward.” It is so easy  to say an encouraging word, leave a note, or even a few dollars. Most of us could do this with very little planning, forethought, or effort. You never know what others are going through or dealing with…something I need to keep in mind more often. 

So, I encourage you today – say something nice, do something nice, and do what you can to encourage and lift up those around you…your spouse, children, the cashier at Wal-Mart, the clerk at the gas station, your co-workers, mom, dad, brother, sister, blogger (!)…the list could go on forever. 

I’m also linking up with Becky today for TYT (<— go wish her a HUGE congrats on her recent announcement! :-) )

This week I treated myself with…

  • this delicious tea. Mmm!

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  • these knock off Toms. They are actually Madden Girl, and fit me better than the Toms brand. I have narrow feet and the Toms tended to be a bit too wide on my foot. 

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Pita Pit – 2 nights in a row. John made me do it. I’ve professed my love of Pita Pit before, and the love affair is still going strong. Since there were no dinner plans on Saturday night due to lots of football and a tired little birthday girl, not only did we grab it for dinner on Friday, but got it again on Saturday! When in Rome…

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Recycled picture, but it was exactly the same. 

Have a very happy Tuesday friends, and don’t forget to spread some encouragement today!

Let’s Chat…

1. Have you ever “paid it forward?” Or been on the receiving end of someone else “paying it forward?” 

2. What is a restaurant meal (or fast food) that you could eat numerous nights without getting tired of it?

3. How have you treated yourself recently?

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