You’ve heard the term, “pay it forward,” right? It’s a pretty cool concept. When someone does something kind and unexpected you show your appreciation for that gracious act by doing the same (or something similar in heart) to someone else.
Why Pay It Forward?
I consider almost any opportunity to serve an opportunity to pay it forward. That’s a bit abnormal to most people but trust me, I have a good reason.
My reason to be kind, without expectation or reason was initiated way too long ago for any of us to remember. Actually, it was way too long ago for any of us to even witnessed. I know it sounds cheesy, but Jesus is all the reason I need to “pay it forward” to those around me.
His love for me is selfless; so much so that He was willing to give his perfect life so that I could live my less than perfect, far from incredible, only made great by the grace of God life. He wore every one of my sins and bore the consequences of them. He did it without any argument, hesitation, resentment, or regret. That’s about as kind and unexpected as it gets.
I think if God was willing to so boldly love me, it should be no problem for me to boldly bless others and love on my community a bit. I asked 6 fellow bloggers to share with me some of the ways they like to love on their community; some of the ways they pay it forward. Are you ready to hear their responses?! Great! Let’s chat about it!
6 Fun Ways To Pay It Forward
1. Pay for the Starbucks for the person behind you in the drive-thru!
It’s fun and spontaneous. And it’s such a blessing to get to the window and hear that your drink has already been paid for by the car driving away (it has happened to me before)! – Beth from Oak & Oats
I (Lo) have actually had that happen to me at a Starbucks before too and it made. My. Day.
2. Hold doors open for people!
This is something super small, but I always try to hold the door open for people. – Jordan from North Shore Proper
3. Save them a few bucks!
I leave coupons I’m not going to use next to the product. – Katie from Always, Katie
4. Notice something special; say something encouraging.
I try to notice special something about random people I come in contact with and say something to them of an encouragement.
Example: while waiting in a line, noticed an older lady wearing a very colorful handmade sweater (perhaps the kind that I would not ever put on if there was anything else I could wear), asked her if she made it & commented on lovely colors. Especially like to notice people in a group (out in public, church, anywhere) who seem to be unnoticed. Sorry, this got long. I enjoy this activity and feel very prompted to do it.
– Lynn from Every Day with the King
5. Share A Meal
When people are asking for money on the street I don’t give them money… but I always buy them a hot meal. – Justine from Life As A Baltimore Girl
6. Support A Cause
Maybe this year you pay it forward by financially supporting movements that are committed helping and bettering the well-being of others. Like Leslie of LittleGemsUSA, who pays it forward by sponsoring the education of children in Rwanda.
Or supporting businesses like DoTerra who partner with organizations like Operation Underground Railroad in their mission to rescue victims of sex-trafficking.
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a “pay it forward” act? I know these aren’t the only ways to make it happen. What would you add to the list?