My Mondays are pretty routine. I go get my husbands check, do my errands and go out to breakfast. My friend Jennifer picked me today because I was just feeling like driving.
There is another think that happens on my Mondays and it would be awesome to see people do this. I listen to a radio station called KLOVE. It’s a Christian station and they do a thing on Mondays. It’s called “Make a Difference Monday.” What you do is just do something nice for someone else. You don’t expect anything in return. Today we went to the Black Bear Diner and like many other Monday’s I try to pay for someone’s breakfast that I don’t know and vice versa.
Jenn and I were already almost done eating breakfast and in comes this older couple. They both had medical problems and problems getting around. She had prosthetic arms and her husband was severely hunched over. This was the couple for my “Make a Difference Monday.” So I go up to pay for our meal and then I tell the waitress to take the $20.00 and apply it to that couples meal. I do this just as much for me as I do for others. I have been blessed in so many ways and ways I can’t begin to count.
What got me was the shock on the cashiers face. She looked taken back and I explained to her what I do, but to not let the couple know who it was and just apply that to their bill.
Normally I don’t mention much about these things, because when we give gifts to others and it is unexpected, it is like what God does in my life. I don’t deserve the blessings, but He still blesses me. I’m mentioning this though because it is kinda sad that the cashier was shocked that somebody would do something nice for a stranger. Makes me wonder if she has had anyone do anything nice for her. Has she ever been on the receiving end of an unexpected gift and does she understand what God’s love and grace is about. I could tell she was getting emotional about it and was taken back. My friend and I left and I could hear the girl talking and how nice that was.
I also got to thinking that maybe she needed to see that it’s OK to be kind to one another and to strangers. I hope one day that she will be the one standing behind me and I can in turn treat her. And if it isn’t me, maybe someone else will come into her life and show her that people care and not just on Mondays.
After my friend and I got into her car, which is nice that she drove me around doing my things. She asked me what that was all about. I explained and told her why I do that and that it’s nice to make a difference in someones life, even if it is only $20.00.
So, if anyone of my readers don’t think they can make a difference in someones life, I want to say you can. Maybe it isn’t paying for a meal. Maybe you can go to a neighbors home and sit with them. In our church we have many elderly people and shut ins. Spending time is a wonderful way to give of yourself and much more valuable then any dollar amount. Or what a great surprise it would be for someone to see that their lawn has been mowed or garbage taken out to the curb.
This is a parable from Matthew 25:37-40
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
My grandson JJ loved this couple at church. Roy and Sally Crouch would come in on Fridays to sharpen pencils. She passed away and Roy moved. But each time we were there, Roy would let JJ help him sharpen pencils. It wasn’t much, but it was a big thing to JJ. He got the biggest smile on his face when he sharpened those pencils. Roy would help JJ guide them into the sharpener and they would count to three and it was done. The time that Roy took to make a difference in a then 3 yr old boy made a world of difference to JJ.
During the Christmas season, there are people all over the place that is making a difference. But I would like to challenge everyone to make a difference all year round. There is always someone that needs someone to show them they care and they are loved. It doesn’t take much to make a difference to someone to else.