I love myself a feel-good story, nothing gets me crying like a random act of kindness or some story of someone overcoming adversity. I mean, I’ve been caught many-a-times ‘ugly-crying’ for some goodness being spread in the world. What can I say, I am a softy like that.
I want to share a very personal story of how such acts of kindness have impacted my life and made me ‘ugly-cry’ and want to do better and be better.
For those of you that do not know, my husband has his own business, an internet services/ Telecomms business, and to put it mildly, things have been interesting and money has been tight. We basically went from a 2 income household to a stable one-income household. Anyone that has started a business will know that it is never easy and it requires a lot of dedication, hard work, long hours, and sacrifice. Some will even testify to the fact that you may not see a return for months and even years at a time.
Our business is growing and developing, but it is still not at a place where we can say it is providing a stable 2nd income. Also, I say our business because I mean what’s his is mine and what’s mine is mine(i mean his). We have been through so much, and it’s not easy for me to write this, but how can I say I’m honest and give an honest opinion if I’m not honest about my life and situations. We’ve been without a car for close to 2 years after the bank repossessed Grace (yes, we name our cars). This is but one example, but hey that is an entirely different post.
When you are at a place where you are in need or there is a need, accepting help does not come easy. A lot of things come into play, like pride, embarrassment, etc. A few months ago I was feeling a bit down and out as I had just gotten paid and we didn’t have money to buy groceries. Not sure if you’ve ever had the rapture take place in your bank. Now I get paid on the 25th of each month and we were on the 28th or 29th day and we were down to our last 200 Rand to buy bread and milk and food for the month to come. I remember saying to God “what now’? We have to eat, what will happen? Shortly after, my husband sent me a message to say that we have to meet someone after work. The person had contacted him and wanted to meet up with us. To be honest I wasn’t very keen as I like to go home straight from work. We met up with the person and he ended up driving us to a shopping complex where we waited in the car, out of nowhere, another man appeared and told us that he is part of a group of people that blesses those who need it. I immediately felt like crying as we were really in need that day. I remember looking at my husband and he had a relieved look on his face. I was very happy at that time and felt overwhelmed by the generosity and answered prayer.
The feeling of joy and relief soon turned into embarrassment as I was looking around to see who will notice that this is happening with us and what will they think about it. I had to tell myself that look this is a blessing and God even hears us when we are not actually asking. That is just one of the many times I was brought to tears by others’ generosity and the love they have shown us.
What did I take from this?
- If you are in a position to help do so with as much love as possible without seeking reward or acknowledgment.
- If you need help don’t let your pride get in the way of your blessing and be thankful.
- Spread love, not hate,
- You don’t have to spend money to help.
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