To ring in service Thursday, I have a little story for you.
Once upon a time (two months ago), I lost my everloving mind and agreed to host my daughter’s school book fair.
It’s been … an adventure.
We’ve been at the school an hour early and stayed an hour late (plus one evening) all week. My kids are exhausted. I’m exhausted. And not everyone has been terribly friendly. (Sidenote, y’all. Be nice to cashiers and volunteers. They’re people, too.)
So this morning, I was feeling discouraged and just wiped out. I tried to put on my happy face, but it was hard.
Some of my first customers were a brother-sister duo. She had a $1.99 item, he had a $2.99 item. He proudly handed me a $5 bill. I explained to them that there was tax added on top and that they’d need a little more money. I offered to hold the items until tomorrow if they wanted to bring the change then. The sister, without a single complaint, said, “No, it’s okay”, and reached to put her item back on the shelf.
Something about her quiet self-sacrifice touched my heart. I immediately decided to reach for my own wallet, and the volunteer next to me was turning for hers as well.
But suddenly, a hand reached toward me with a dollar bill in it.
Another child’s father, standing behind these kids in line, quietly stepped in and paid the difference.
It’s a small thing, folks. A few quarters.
But that little girl … that kind father … they made my day. They reminded me what all of this time and effort are for. And from then on, the smile on my face was genuine.
Thank you, strangers, for reminding me of the power of a few quarters.
So let’s take one more week and continue our fall service challenge. Let’s go and make a difference.
Your quarters? They’re powerful, y’all.