In our capitalist society, deceitfully driven by the great American dollar, it’s refreshing to hear of occasional acts of good will—particularly when these “acts” are anonymous. In a chain of grocery stores and a few Wal-Marts in Oregon and Southwest Washington, some good citizens have literally, yet secretly, been “Paying it forward”. The last few weeks, stores have confirmed that their customers have found $100.00 stashed in egg cartons, shoes, ice cream containers, and other grocery items. When customers found the money, and reported the discovery to managerial staff, they were allowed to “keep the change”.
The news has been buzzing around Oregon, even developing a conspiracy about the identity of this generous donor(s). The rumor mill produced a steamy myth that the anonymous gifts were from a recent lottery winner. After more digging, it has been discovered that the $100 bills are being deposited by a local radio station in town, trying to encourage others to “Pay it forward” as well. I wish some radio stations in Texas would get the same idea!
God expects this same generosity from His people. With the physical blessings we receive, we can bless others. With the emotional strength we gain, we can strengthen others. With the security of faith we enjoy, we can help others feel more secure. We may not have money to stash in the shelves of the local supermarket, but we can improve the daily lives of our friends and family. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)