“Moses came to their rescue and helped them water their sheep.” Exodus 2:17
Moses came upon seven sisters, the daughters of the priest of Midian, who were watering their sheep. A few shepherds came and chased the girls off, so Moses did the gentleman thing and watered the sheep. His reward: a meal with the family and a bride.
I’ve been watching one of the local TV news give away grocery money. The reporters walk up to someone with a full cart of groceries (and a microphone) and ask if they can pay for their groceries. Of course, the person acts suprised and gratefully accepts the offer. The people receiving the gifts did not appear to need the gift, and were selected to encourage them to “pass it on.” I would love to hear a follow-up story of this actually happening.
I do things for others because I want to, not because I am passing on a favor. God doesn’t ask us to give because someone gave to us first. He wants us to give because he gave his most precious gift to us. (John 3:16)
Lord, help us pass on the idea that random acts of kindness are something which come out of receiving, not as a debt owed to others. Amen.