Thursday, December 3, 2009
Yesterday I shared my first attempt at Billy Coffey's ten dollar challenge . It didn't exactly work out the way I had planned, but I was still able to buy a couple cups of coffee for some unsuspecting people.
Last night while we were setting up for praise team practice, I was talking to Jeff (senior pastor/worship leader) about my attempt at an anonymous act of kindness and how it didn't go as expected. I went on to remark how genuinely surprised the employee I spoke with was that I would do such a thing and how I was genuinely surprised that he was surprised.
"Surely people buy other folks coffee all the time, right", I said. "No. They really don't", Jeff said. He went on to say that in all the time he did that type of work, he saw someone pay for a total stranger's order maybe four times. "Really?", I said. "Really. Friends will buy friends a cup of coffee without much thought. People just don't pay for total strangers", he said.
It truly surprised me that this is such a rare occurrence. Why do you suppose that is? It's such an easy, painless thing to do. As Christians, we should be looking for opportunities to love people, not because we're supposed to, but out of gratitude for the love He has lavished on us. It doesn't have to cost money, just a small investment of time and effort.
The first time I saw the following commercial, I thought it was cool -- right up until the very end when you figure out it's an ad for an insurance company -- that sort of bummed me out.
Are random acts of kindness so rare these days that we need to be reminded to do them by an insurance company? I dunno, just seems sort of sad to me.
So here's my challenge (I know, I'm very demanding here lately): Do something today for which you expect absolutely no recognition for. Someone once said character is what you do when no one is looking. What type of character are you?
And speaking of characters, find out who Billy Coffey met during his own personal ten dollar challenge over at The Christmas Change.