Random Act of Kindness
During the month of March, the leadership encouraged the church to reach out to others by doing a kind deed for at least two people who were not members of the body of Christ. I completed one act of kindness early in the month. For my second act of kindness, I wanted to do something near the church building. I decided I would go to a gas station on Illinois and pay for someone’s gas. I saw a lady with a small child about to go into the store to pre-pay for her gas. I approached her and asked if I could pay for her gas, but due to a language barrier, she thought I was asking for money or something.
After a brief wait, another vehicle pulled up to a pump. A lady got out and was about to go into the store to pay for her gas. I asked her if she would mind if I paid for the gas. I gave her the invitation to the “Down, But Not Done” series. I mentioned that God had blessed me so I wanted to be a blessing to someone else, and she was that person. There was great disbelief on her face. The disbelief grew to shock when I started pumping the gas. She said, “You are going to pay for the gas, and pump it too?! At this point she started looking around like she wanted to make sure she wasn’t on a hidden camera game show. As I finished pumping the gas, she asked where on Marsalis the church is located. I told her and asked her what her name was in case she visits the church. As we were about to go our separate ways she said, “Wow! You are just out here paying for people’s gas. They don’t make them like you anymore.”
There are several lessons that I took away from that encounter.
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