Over the weekend I was in the Target checkout lane with my boys. Jasper was determined to throw something out of the cart and Josh disappeared for a few minutes. The man in front of me was buying only a box of donuts and used a gift card. I glanced up as the checkout girl told him the card was 34 cents short. Picking up the book Jasper just tossed on the floor, I looked again to see the man apologize and push the donuts back on the counter. He left without purchasing anything. I was so confused by what happened so quickly that I didn’t have time to react. Of course I had 34 cents in my wallet that I could have given that man. After we checked out I looked around outside for him but he was nowhere to be seen. Ugh, I kicked myself all day for missing that opportunity.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can help other people, especially in my area. It’s funny because we are so tight on money right now and yet I’m more aware of how much we still have. That man could not afford to buy donuts for under three dollars. We still splurge on Starbucks occasionally. I feel very lucky to live in a nice house and we’re able to get groceries when we need to. Sure, there have been times lately where we have close to no money in the checking but I know payday will eventually come. I know that months down the road we’ll somehow be back on our feet again. How long will it take that man to get on his feet?