One Dollar And Eighteen Cents


In the world of racing, they would have called it a photo finish! The young man and I reached the cashier at the same second. I could tell by his shirt, he was an employee, so I encouraged him to go ahead of me since he was on the clock.

“No sir, I’m done with this job and just grabbing a snack before my next one.”

He had two protein bars.

“I have a couple of hours and all I need are these and some coffee.”

I paid for his protein bars. You would have thought I had paid for his weekly grocery bill! He was really appreciative, as was the cashier. She said, “That was really nice of you to do.”

One dollar and eighteen cents.

I’m quite sure God orchestrated this “chance” encounter to see if I have been paying attention when we have talked about spiritual perspective.

I have been. I’m learning.

Next time, I’m paying for his coffee too!

– “One must see God in everyone.”

St. Catherine Laboure

19 comments on “One Dollar And Eighteen Cents

  1. Good for him — two jobs! And what a nice chance for you to gently share the love of Christ. Two witnesses, too! Happy Independence Day. The love of Jesus sets us free!!

    • Another example of how such a simple act of kindness can impact a person (in this case, 3 people, counting me). I believe God was reminding me that “it’s not about me.” It’s about Him! Thank you so much for your encouragement, support and prayers!

  2. Second Corinthians 4:11-12 was obviously in action here, brother: “For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”
    How we love recognizing Jesus working through us! His death at work in our mortal flesh and His life affecting others. God bless you, and Happy Independence Day (thank You, Jesus!)

    • Extending simple kindness to people we don’t know….imagine the possible conversations and impressions we could make! Slowing down is a major obstacle for me…this was a good lesson. Was it really important for me to pay for my purchase ten seconds ahead of another person? Of course not! There is no way I can hear God’s whisper if I’m not prepared to listen.

      • Amen! I always need this lesson! šŸ˜Š

      • Thank you for being here with us and sharing your walk of faith. Your series is wonderful and I am reading each one several times! Prayers for your insights and writings as you share your gifts with us!

      • Wow! Thank you, Rick! Your prayers are powerful and effective, and they make such a difference – strongholds are demolished and doors are opened for me! “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive!”

      • The series on your blog continues to inspire me as you encourage readers to go so much deeper in scripture. Thank you for sharing your walk of faith. I will continue to pray for your mission!

      • And how may I be praying for you, other than how He leads!

      • Thank you! As our Christian poet Dan reminds us, we must listen for God’s whisper. A prayer for me? To live in the moment and be calm. Thank you so much. I love the scripture …that goes something like who among you can add a single day to their life by worrying. So true and so hard for me to remember sometimes!

      • To live in the moment and be calm – me too; amen! (That’s in Matt. 6:24-34, a very important passage on trusting God as our Provision instead of self-reliance via our working for money – oh, Lord, cause Your Church to apprehend Your word here!)

  3. Great story! That opportunity to chat was worth a lot more.

  4. lindamowles says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Rick. Taking the time to become involved with others is the hardest thing I do … and that not often enough. I have found, though, that just smiling and offering encouragement to someone gives them a lift that is observable. Anyway, your statement about slowing down and observing is critical to our being able to minister in Jesus’ Name. Blessings to you today.

    • Thank you for being here with us. A little later than usual on my reply but I so much appreciate you being here with us. Thank you for sharing your walk of faith. I will always believe comments can complete a post in wonderful ways or take us in different directions of consideration and prayer.

  5. Great moment! I’m so glad your spiritual antenna was up. So often we miss these opportunities. We must pray God make us spiritually in tuned to those opportunities. Bless you, Rick. By the way, I didn’t know that you were an author. Now I am even more humbled by your encouragements to me.

  6. mitchteemley says:

    You + St. Catherine Laboure = one wise lesson. Thanks, Rick!

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