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Pay It Forward

4.01.2014
I am trying SO hard to fight every urge to make silly jokes and foolish remarks right now. April fools day is a classic holiday. This girl loves her practical jokes. You should feel sorry for my husband...

Keep alert at work, school, the grocery store. You just never know what's a joke today!

I know what is not a joke. It's the the first day of the month meaning it's time for my monthly focus! And what's even more exciting, is this month I've made it a link-up so all of you can join in the fun! I can't wait to see what all of your monthly goals are! Are you just finding out about this link-up? No worries! Write your post any time this week and come back and link it up on this post. I'll make sure to read it!

Previous Monthly Focuses:


April's Monthly Focus.

More specifically I want to pay it forward. I want my kindness to show not just through my words, but my actions. So many times I have a similar situation happen. I see a man on the side of the road, dirty and alone. My heart breaks for him because he is human. Although I am not willing to give him money that he could blow on anything, I am willing to go buy him a sandwich and drive back around and drop it off to him.

The lady who came into Advanced Auto Parts after me. She came in wearing clothes that were 5 sizes to big, with dirty hair and a smell that lingered. She stared at the snack shelf for 10 minutes picking up a bag of trail mix and putting it back. Picking it up, putting it back. Finally she picked it up and brought it to the counter where she realized after tax, she didn't have enough. Every bone in my body urged to run up to the counter and drop off a dime that meant very little to me, but a world of difference to her. Instead I watched her put back her bag of trail mix and walk to her car. A moment too late I ran with the bag of trail mix to the parking lot, but she was gone. I waited too long.

These are just brief incidents I've encountered in the last few weeks. But they are moments that won't leave my brain. I feel like God is telling me to MOVE. Make my actions. Don't think, act! Show His love and mercy to all of His children and remind people that this world isn't so bad. People have just forgotten what it means to pay it forward. 

A good deed brightens a dark world, y'all.

17 comments on "Pay It Forward"
  1. I hate the feeling of a missed opportunity, especially when I feel God tugging at my heart to do something but I stand paralyzed instead, unwilling to move. But I'm thankful He uses these moments to not make us feel guilty but spur us on. I want this monthly focus of yours to be my life theme. I get so wrapped up in my own agenda sometimes, and it takes a good nudge to recognize the world around me. To recognize a need without first being asked for help. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. So true!! Even just a smile or kind word can change a day! I certainly could stand to focus on this this month, too. Thanks for making this a link up & encouraging us to have a monthly focus. :)

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  3. I just love you & your heart!!

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  4. Kindness is everything. Such a good reminder. We do a similar link up only we look back at the previous month today. Crazy, girrrrrl.

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  5. Love your heart. You inspire me!!! xx

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  6. You are such a wonderful person!! This is an amazing focus to have not just today but every day!! Living in the city I see a lot of homeless people and people that are just down on their luck - I make it a point to always give them any leftovers I might have from a restaurant or if I walk past them before entering a CVS I always buy a water and sandwich for them!!

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  7. This is such a sweet post. Your heart is just beautiful - it's inspiring to treat others with just a little more love, daily.

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  8. This post is great! It is certainly important to remember to pay it forward. I have a One Good Deed a Day journal, and it definitely helps keep things in perspective!
    xo

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  9. I am on guard today for sure, I will fall for nothing!

    LOVE your focus, it's amazing what a tiny act of kindness and paying it forward can do for someone. It truly changes lives! Thanks for having us all :)

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  10. Loved this! I've had some of these missed moments as well where I want to do something but just don't.. and have no reason for it. Thanks for the inspiration girl!

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  11. I love this!! I started a Pay It Forward (on Blogger) a few months ago - http://www.embergrey.com/2014/02/a-giveaway-very-best-kind.html

    I've had so much fun getting the packages together and knowing each person I was sending it to was doing the same. I have one more spot left in the "giveaway" if you are interested! :)

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  12. I really love this! I'm definitely very similar as I'm an observant person, which is a gift, but sometimes that means I'm too slow to move and don't think of how I should have responded until far after the fact!

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  13. Paying it forward is amazing. I have totally had moments when I wish I would've done something or helped someone before but things happened too quickly and I didn't react... A great reminder to pay it forward today! :)

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  14. I know I'm late to reading this but I love this focus! A summers ago, I would pass this man on his bicycle everyday coming home from work. Summers in SC can get to over 100 degrees but everyday I would pass him (going in the same direction as me) with a lunch box on the front of the bike. It was obvious that he was riding his bike to and from work. Everyday I wanted to stop and offer him a ride but I knew it wasn't safe. I finally told my husband about it and he told me that if he passed him, he would throw his bike in his truck and give him a ride but he never saw him. It literally brought tears to my eyes everyday as I rode in the comfort of my air conditioned car as he pedaled his bike in the heat.

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