Paying It Forward Comes Back Around
I’ve heard it said that you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or headed into a storm, and sometimes that adage seems true. However, I have found it wise to always take the opportunity to pay it forward when you can, because roles can change so quickly and you may need help sooner than you think. When we all work together by supporting one another and being there, life just seems better all around.
Take my own experiences as an example. Five years ago, my husband had a well-paying position, we had a vehicle we loved, our children had what they needed (and then some), and we had a house we were glad to call home. These aspects of our lives were good, but our best assets were our good friends and church family.
In an instant, however, my husband’s job was gone, and within a few months our vehicle had been stolen and totaled. It was a graciously humbling series of events, but I realized something through that experience: The seeds of kindness and care for others that we had planted for years sustained us during those lean times. We always took the initiative to pay it forward because things can change so quickly, and because we know all too well what it is like to have unmet needs. We understand the importance of being there for family, friends, and maybe even strangers.
One example of this kind of thinking came from a close friend that we know from church. When she and her family were struggling financially, we tried to do what we could, such as showing up at their home with groceries or buying their children needed items. In true pay-it-back fashion, she returned the gesture one Christmas. Unbeknownst to me, she had asked her online blog followers and friends to buy one of her books, stating that all the proceeds would go to a family in need (mine!) for the holidays. The response was overwhelming, and right before Christmas, she and her children showed up at my house with a big bag of thoughtful and fun gifts for our family. We were overwhelmed and very grateful.
You really do reap what you sow in this life. Remember to look for opportunities to be giving, and share what you have as a member of our greater community, because doing so contributes to the common good and celebrates that we are all in this world together. Pay it forward — not just because you will get something back, but because it’s simply a nice thing to do.
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