Today our church challenged us to bless someone. They gave us all money to go out in the community and bless a stranger. We decided to ban together with another family and go to Toys R Us with the kids on a mission to show some love. We first went to the manager and asked if she could look on the lay away list for someone that hasn’t finished paying for their items and we will pay it off. The manager called a woman she selected to ask if she still wanted her items on layaway. The woman’s response was yes and the manager proceeded to inform her, the layaway bill had been anonymously paid, and she was to come pick up her gifts. Here is the video of the call.
Next, we gave each of the kids $25 gift cards that they could walk around the store and pick someone to give it to. I say this not because we blessed others but because we were blessed in the process. We not only found so much joy in touching others lives, but we got to show our kids perspective on the real reason we celebrate Christmas. It’s not the presents that we receive, it’s the gift that we are given in Jesus. If we were so joyful at maybe saving someone’s Christmas, imagine the joy God felt in saving all of us.
Second realization of the day is when we were about to leave, a worker came up to us and said that he was touched and restored by our act because so many people are in the store this time of year with all of their wants, getting upset if they don’t have something they are looking for . He said it was nice to see someone doing something nice for a change. This gave me perspective about the people that work in retail during Christmas and how hard it can be to maintain their faith in humanity when all they see is others excess. We must also work hard to show grace and love to all people we interact with not just to the ones that are obvious. So if you have kids, I would highly recommend that you do something to allow them to show unusual love to someone else because leaving Toys R Us with HAPPY kids that you didn’t buy anything for is a rare and amazing feeling! Years from now they won’t remember what they got for Christmas but they will remember what they gave and hopefully why they gave it. Merry Christmas! #GodisGood