Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Five Dollar Fridays" - One Random Act CAN Make a Difference

Seth Mela from WSAU Radio 55 in Wausau, issued a challenge to his audience.  A recent listener called in and commented about the kindness showed him by a lady at the store.  He didn't have enough to cover his purchases and the lady behind him offered to pay his balance.  This gentleman was so thankful and surprised he wanted to call in and share this story.  This inspired Seth to start "Five Dollar Fridays."  I LOVE this idea.  His challenge is for each of us to give $5 every Friday to a stranger as a random act of kindness.

Well, you know me,  I like doing this type of thing as long as there is a "purpose" to it.  I know the Bible tells us to do things like this in secret.  Alan and I have.  We have been blessed by others; especially when Anna was sick - we have made it our "mission" to return these favors.  So, I added a little note with mine along with 2 Cor. 9:7; "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver." 

I knew right away what I was going to do.  I got a zip lock bag and filled it with my $5 in quarters and my note.  I set off to town to the laundry mat.  With this dry summer, I was forced to go to the laundry mat to save on our well water.  I noticed all the young families, college aged kids and special needs or group home residents that were there each week.  That was where I would go. 

I waited for a car to pull up - it was a young mother with a car seat in the back.  When she got out of the car, I asked her "are you going to do some laundry today?"  She said "yes" and I said "well, give me a high five..."  she giggled and did it.  Then I handed her this bag and ran back to my car...I heard her say "wow, that is so nice of you...thank you..."  I know this would only do a load...a small gesture...but, we all SHOULD be doing stuff like this!  It makes you feel good too. 

My girls said I should drop the "high five" thing - that it was just "too weird, mom.."  Well, I've been called weird before.  I will keep this up on the weeks I have an extra $5 to do it. 

The challenge to you would be, what small thing can you do to make your community better? 

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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