Last night, my nine year old and I walked her paper route. We needed milk, so I had grabbed a five dollar bill so we could stop by the gas station when we finished the route.
At the gas station I told Liz she could pick out a candy with pieces so we could share with everyone when we got home. She picked Gummi Lifesavers and put them on the counter.
It came to $5.58
I felt bad that I didn’t pay more attention to the price of the candy.
“I’m sorry, I only have a 5. We’ll just take the milk,” I said, handing Liz back the candy. Without fuss, she started walking back to the candy rack.
“You don’t have .58 cents?” the cashier asked.
“No, we walked here and I don’t have my purse.”
“Wait,” she said and pulled her purse out from under counter. “I might have it.”
“Oh, no thank you, we’ll just get a treat another time,” I insisted.
A man standing near the counter overheard and reached into his pocket, saying, “You know, I think I might have some change.”
Together, they came up with .58 cents and put it on the counter.
I Was Grateful for Their Kindness
We smiled, thanked them and had a nice walk home.
Sometimes we think it’s only the big things that we do that have the most impact. The big things, like volunteer projects, are great and do make an impact, but we usually plan our time for those and think ahead about it.
We have time to get in the mindset for service.
It’s the small, spur of the moment acts of kindness and service that we don’t have time to think about, but do because we feel instantly moved.
Those two people didn’t come up with .58 cents to feed the poor or give to some great need.
They just were moved to show kindness to an obedient, quiet, girl returning candy that we couldn’t afford.
.58 cents isn’t going to change the world, but it touched our hearts and made us smile.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” ~John 13:34
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.