No matter your faith background, everyone can agree that simple, kind acts are good for the soul and can have a big impact on the recipient. No PhD. in philosophy or psychiatry is required to understand this concept. Grand gestures aren’t necessary- just look how popular the “pay it forward” is in the coffee shops: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/400-customers-pay-florida-starbucks-article-1.1911813
There is a cozy cafe in the town where my son attends school. Before I pick him up this afternoon, I’d like to give the ever-present, always friendly owner $20 in two dollar bills, and ask her to use them for coffee or muffins to some of the folks that we see nearly every day who look like they could really use a snack on the house. Someone surprised my son paying for his popcorn when he was short of funds; my daughter was delighted by a stranger ahead of her in the cafe line because they felt like paying for a person behind them- she passed the kindness along to the next person…
Have you ever done anything like this? I’ll update this post when I hear from the cafe owner that I know!
“You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing.
Jesus made it very clear. ‘Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.
Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little
child, you receive me.'”