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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Reverse Offering

Today we had a "reverse offering" at church.  The sermon was on generosity, and as a practical activity, a couple at the church donated $10,000 of their own money to be distributed to everyone at our church and another sister church.  We were to use it to bless someone else.  We couldn't give it back to the church, we couldn't keep it....we had to use it in a way that we saw fit.

They passed around envelopes and inside could be a $1, $5, $10, $20, or $50.  Jacob and I both received a $1 each.  We talked about how we were going to use it.  Pooling our $2.00, how many people could we bless with this?

I love shopping at Aldi's.  If you've never shopped there, they have carts that you put a quarter in to release them.  When you are done, you return the cart and get the quarter back.  I can't tell you how frustrating it is to show up and realize you don't have a quarter.  I started keeping an "Aldi" quarter in my car at all times. 

Occasionally, when I arrive there is a "free" cart because someone forgot to get their quarter back....such a small thing but it always makes my day when it happens.  Jacob and I have joked before about "freeing the carts" at Aldi's before, and we decided that is how we'd use our $2.  With our 8 quarters, we can make 8 people's day a little brighter.

So tomorrow I am going to go to two stores and free carts.  What small act of kindness could you do with $2?  How can you brighten someone's day with a small act of generosity?


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