When I was newly married to Brett and we were both in school, working part-time as servers, and money was tight. Our bills were at the mercy of our tipping costumers. We did work very hard, but pay was never consistent. There was one week in particular that we were not going to have enough money to cover rent. I needed a miracle, I needed to make $200 in one night servering at Red Robin to cover rent..... yeah, if you have ever worked at Red Robin, that doesn't happen. So I just said a quick little prayer in my head about the money we needed to pay rent and went off to work.
It was a busy night, but nothing out of the ordinary for a Friday night. I got to see one of my favorite families, I still call them the "macaroni & cheese family" because I always gave their very hungry son, seconds on macaroni. I had not served them in a while, so it was a bright spot in my night. I remember their bill was around $32, so around $6 for a tip was what I was anticipating.
Until I saw that they gave me $108 for a tip!!!!!!!!!!!! What in the world! I mean, I know I worked hard as a server, but that just seemed above and beyond! Then the kind gentleman told me," $8 is a tip for your service and $100 is a gift from our family we have been wanting to give you for your wedding" :O)
My manager had to manually put the tip in because the computer wouldn't even allow for it. I will never forget him hollering down the Expo line to everyone, "JENNI GOODLIN, JUST GOT A $108 TIP!!" and my boss wasn't the nicest, nor the most encouraging person so him doing that was complete out of the ordinary.
Needless to say, I made Over $200 that night and had enough money to pay for rent.
I knew that the Lord had answered my prayer and that this nice gentleman has listened when the spirit inside him nudged him to be generous.
I will never EVER forget that. The way that family blessed Brett and I.
Do you ever have that nudging? That sense that giving a little may brighten or help someones day? That doing one little kind thing, could impact a persons life in ways you never expected. That maybe you should.......
I truly believe there are sooo many people out there with BIG hearts, and I want to encourage people, so since the holidays are coming along I have been milling over an idea......
I am going to pick 4 people who read my blog, 4 people to give a $5 gift card to (2 Target cards, a Starbucks & an Old Navy card (yes, all places I go frequently)), BUT, there is a big BUT, you cannot spend the gift card on yourself! I know it is not a lot, but sometime the little things make a big difference.
1)You must carry the gift card around and give it to someone you don't know. You give it when you have that nudging, or that inclining that someone else just might need it, or because someone has done something kind or out of there way for you. If you don't want to give a gift card directly you can use the money on the gift card to buy something for someone else.
2) You must then let me know (via email, phone call, blog post) how you gave it away by Dec 24th.
3) To get one of these extravagant $5gift cards you need to leave a comment on my blog about when someone has done something nice for you, or when you have done something nice for someone else, or something nice you would like to do
4) and hey, if you aren't 1 of the 4 people picked for a gift card you can still do it. Go get a gift card yourself and give it to someone you feel is deserving and then tell me about it.
5) You can grab the pay it forward button and encourage others to do the same
I wish I could remember their names, the macaroni and cheese family
Sometimes all the world needs is a little hope, and to know that people are still good
You have until Thursday November 8th 11:59 pm (mountain time) to leave a comment (that is only like 4 days away).