Paying it Forward; Strength for the Moment


By Chris Blevins

Guest Columnist

Over the past year I have heard so much talk regarding the phrase “Paying it Forward”. Most people are aware of this phrase and its meaning but I wanted to look a little closer. “Paying it forward” is a selfless act of providing for the needs and wants of others without them knowing it was you.

For instance you are sitting in a drive thru. You notice a car behind you with a mother and a load full of kids. Your heart is moved with compassion and you ask the cashier if you can pay for the food ordered by the car behind you, never expecting to receive anything in return. In theory the mother driving the car is so emotionally moved by your kindness that she in turn anonymously helps someone in need and these actions just continue by the ones who are being blessed. One day you will be in a drive thru and before you know it your food has already been paid for. The circle complete.

The above statement “Paying it Forward” has its roots in a Scripture located in Galatians 6:7-9

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Paying it Forward represents the pureness of this scripture and “Paying it Forward” also likens the Scripture to an allegory of what Scripture is intimating to us to do.

If we are active in “Paying it forward” soon some will notice that we have received blessings from others. However I must emphasize that we do not Pay it Forward to receive something in return. We do it because we love Christ, our hearts become filled with compassion to the point it causes action. Most people have compassion. Yes, there are people who have no compassion. Our hearts break when we see people hitch hiking or walking in the hot sun. Even some of the most hardened criminals have compassion. We have to be “moved by the compassion”. That is where the difference comes in.

So next time you are in a drive thru and you decide to pay the tab for the food in the car behind you, watch out as I am most certain it will set in motion plans for you to receive from the blessing you showed.

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