A grieving Canadian widower was dining alone in a restaurant for the first time since burying his wife of 43 years. Seated nearby was a young couple who reminded him of the love he and his wife were blessed to share. He quietly gave the restaurant money to cover the couple’s meal and wrote them a note on a napkin. He thanked them for the memories they evoked, related a bit of his own situation, and wished them well in their lives.
A Blessed Gesture
He could have enjoyed the memories alone. He could have stopped by their table and greeted them, but he went a step further – he took money from his pocket to bless a couple of strangers with a meal and encourage them in their lives. Opportunities to be a blessing to others are fleeting and should be grasped. Wishing someone well is one thing, but taking steps to ensure they are blessed is another – especially when they have a need that we can meet. We have been blessed to be a blessing to others.
How can you be a blessing to others?
Consider the following simple ideas:
- When you’re driving your car on a toll road, pay a toll for the car behind you
- Be pleasant to the cashier at the grocery store and offer to bag for him or her
- When at the grocery store and the person in line behind you has a lot less groceries than you do in your cart, let them go ahead of you.
- Try walking down the street while smiling and saying hello to everyone
- Stop and help a stranded motorist
- Befriend a struggling co-worker and help him succeed.
Commit yourself now to be a blessing to others today. When that fleeting opportunity appears, you will be ready to spring into action and allow someone else to be blessed.