Do you remember this 13 year old movie “Pay It Forward”?
A kid named Trevor is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher. The assignment: Think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor comes up with the idea of paying a favor, not back, but forward. Repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. His efforts to complete his idea revolutionize his life, his teacher’s, his mother’s, and an ever-widening circle of people he doesn’t even know. Pretty cool, huh.
You may not realize it, but your life has the potential to bless everyone you encounter.
Part of God’s plan is to work through the people who have linked up with him to make the world a better place to live. You can be a part of this. In fact, God wants you to be a part of it. You, your life, the way you live it, has the potential to bless everyone you come in contact with each and every day. A kind word. A smile. An unexpected action. A small courtesy. There’re a myriad of ways!
Why simply walk through life when you can dance through life with purpose. Where you can be a blessing for those who meet you. Try it. In doing so, I’m betting you will benefit as much as the people around you.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4
Amanda Beard is happily married and a proud mom, finally at peace after years of struggling at various times with depression, bulimia, drug abuse, and toxic relationships with famous men while feeling unworthy of the swimming success that made her an Olympic medalist at 14. She has recently published a memoir recounting her good times and bad times. It’s called In the Water They Can’t See You Cry.
Amanda kept her physical and emotional problems hidden behind a big smile. She didn’t confide in her family, her friends, or her coaches. At the first no one could help her because no one understood what was happening to her. She was silent about it.
Do you ever act like this? You have problems, but you don’t want people to know about them. You’re embarrassed to talk about them. Or, maybe your family was a loving family, but one that just didn’t deal with problems.
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 46
God doesn’t want us to have to live like that. He wants to help you with your problems. But, there a catch to his helping: You have to be willing to tell him about the problems and you have to be willing to accept his help. That help may come in many forms. It may be someone in your family offering their support; it may be a friend offering relief; it may be someone in your church providing your rescue. Wherever it comes from…you…have to accept it.
Asking for help is not weakness. Asking for help when you need it…is smart. Get better. Go on with your life. Perhaps, the day will come when you can pass it on.