“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 6:1
Here is a perfect example from a private message I have been given permission to share.
“ As I was paying for my groceries last weekend, I noticed the line next to us had people starting to tap their feet, etc. The older lady paying at the time had used a check, which was telechecked. It wouldn’t go through because of lack of funds – as she was probably used to being able to float a check for a day or two for years before technology happened upon us – and the store manager was talking loudly to her to explain that they could put her groceries aside while she went and got money. The older lady responded that she had items that would get warm, etc. and she didn’t know what to do about the money either. I glanced back at the monitor and it was $26.33 that she needed. I was already in my wallet having swiped my debit through and saw a twenty; a five and a one just staring back at me and grabbed them out of my wallet then started fumbling for the change. I turned behind me and gave it to the lady’s cashier. I didn’t mean to make a scene or anything, I tried to do it discretely, but of course everyone was staring that way and there was an audible gasp by everyone waiting. The old lady thanked me and asked how she could pay me. I told her there was no need and she should enjoy. She said “God Bless you” and we hugged. As I turned back to get my receipt from my cashier, the lady behind me in line said to me, “You WILL be blessed for that.” It is actually bringing tears to my eyes again as I remember it, as it did when the girls and I walked to the car, and it’s partly because it is so sad to me that everyone was so surprised. Granted we don’t always have chances in our lives to perform a good deed of the day, but for people to be so surprised was so sad to me. I’m happy over and over again that I had that opportunity and I like to think it was divine intervention that I was there and had the exact money staring at me. I’m happy because it was an opportunity to make a few people contemplate on that day and maybe they’ll think about it again and smile or do something similar if they get the chance.”
Here is the link that inspired my loved one to share this story. I enjoy Kerry’s writing: