“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan [Tweet this.]
I was out to eat with my family a few months ago.
My three boys Henry, Patrick and Jack fought the entire time.
My angelic little girl Grace whined the entire time.
And Beth and I worked desperately to keep the noise from scaring away other diners, drinks from being spilled and food from being thrown.
It was a struggle! And one we lost.
As we finished dinner, I apologized to the sweet waitress and told her the faster she brought me the bill, the faster we’d get out of our hair.
Not surprisingly, she returned quickly with our bill.
And that’s when the surprising thing happened.
She handed it to me, smiled and told me that someone in the restaurant had covered our bill. She said the person remembers the days when their dinners were chaotic, and wanted to treat us tonight for making their night.
I stood up and glanced around the restaurant, looking for the person, the family, the kind soul. No one stood out.
I asked the waitress to please let us know who it was so we could thank them. She refused telling me again the person wanted no credit.
We stood up as a family and practically floated out of the place.
Not so much because someone saved me from an $80 dinner bill. But because someone thought enough to think about us, to be generous to us, to empathize with us.
It literally made my night – and my kids.
As I tucked them in that night, then told them stories and finally prayed with them, my two oldest chose to pray for the person who bought us dinner.
Kindness has a ripple effect.
The ripple from generosity positively impact someone else’s life, that is true. But the real gift is that the life most deeply touched is the one who gave. [Tweet this.]
Choose to live on fire with generosity today because you have not fully lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
MONDAY MORNING CHALLENGE:
1. Recall an act of kindness someone did for you, that was either anonymous or could never be repaid. Share in the comments below. (For each act of kindness shared by midnight, I’ll donate $5 to Rising Above friend, Cole, who is bravely fighting cancer.)
2. Do an “inspirational act of kindness” for someone today. The act could be complimentary words spoken, a kind task undertaken or a generous gift given.