Have A Blessed Day!

I finally did something I had always thought about doing but never quite had the nerve. I paid for the order for the person behind me in the drive-thru at McDonald’s. KLOVE, a national Christian radio station, had encouraged people to do just that: pay for the order of the next person in line behind you and have the cashier tell them “It’s paid for. Have a blessed day!” and then just drive off.

A few weeks ago, I was out of town at a speaking engagement and pulled into a McDonald’s to get a drink when the idea hit me: pay for the order behind you. If they get upset or something happens, these people don’t know you so it won’t be a big deal. Not that I expected the people behind me to jump out of their vehicle and into mine when they realized their order had been paid for by a total stranger.

I waited excitedly in line in my vehicle to pay. Just the thought that I would surprise the person behind me made me smile with anticipation and glance in my rearview mirror at the elderly lady peeking over the steering wheel. Because I had my mind on what I was about to do, I missed the words of the young cashier at the window: “Your drink is paid for by the woman in front of you. She said to tell you to have a blessed day.” Huh? “What did you say?” I asked her and she repeated that the lady in the red car in front of me had paid for my drink along with the encouragement to have a great day. I could not contain my smile at what had just happened.

I was eagerly waiting to offer a blessing to the lady behind me, which I did, but I was the recipient of a blessing in the process. The fact that the woman behind me was extremely hard of hearing and repeatedly shouted “What?” to the cashier when she was told that her drink was paid for and then suddenly waved at me in my mirror only made the smile – and the blessing – increase.

My encouragement to you today, my friends, is this: dare to offer up a blessing to someone around you. Maybe it’s paying for the order behind you at a drive-thru. Maybe it’s driving by an empty parking space so the person behind you can have it. Or you might consider letting someone in front of you at a checkout line. You never know when the blessing you are handing out will return to bless you!

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