GIVE: Gather By The Spirit — Pay It Forward

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

Pay it Forward

© 2012 Grace Ste. Croix

November 25, 2012

Have you ever experienced the kindness of a total stranger? Whether it is a door held open for you as you juggle groceries or come home to a nice home cooked meal to your spouse, a kind gesture goes a long way. But why should the kind gesture stop with you? We must pay this gesture forward as the movie “PAY IT FORWARD” emphasized.

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

To “pay it forward” is when you receive a kind gesture and you extend a kind gesture or “pay it forward” to another person. A simple example would be when someone opens the door for you and then you open the door for another person.

When one is experiencing hard times, even the simplest kind gesture can be the biggest encouragement. If we do not “pay it forward”, a kind gesture is missed by someone who definitely could have used it.

We have to take a second to think of how we can truly pay it forward to another person. In these times especially, it can be as simple as paying a compliment forward to helping someone. This can be the CHANGE a person needs in their life. Compliments can be the fuel for someone to get out of a rut and CHANGE their life.

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