Posted by: TLC Fellowship | June 16, 2018


Hello Family! I was going through past post and saw the one below. I hope you read and comment as you read…

Paying it Forward

Scripture tells us “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves…” (Phillipians 2:3). There is also scripture that says “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:39). Now it is not lost on me that a couple of scriptures before 39 says: 37Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Which of course continues on to inform us that “this is the First and greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:38). So really, if the first and greatest Commandment is to love the Lord with all your heart and then the second is to love your neighbor as yourself, paying it forward should be a no-brainer. Right? Must not be.

Let’s be honest, do we really take better care of ourselves than we do others? Be honest. Okay, I am a very literal person. If you tell me something is green, it’s green. Not hunter green, forest green, teal green, etc. It is just green. So when the Bible says take better care of your neighbor than you do yourself my literal self comes up short. I don’t think I’m overly selfish, maybe a tad bit, but not overly. And, I willingly share what I have, but not to the point of self-neglect. In other words I’m not going to end up homeless because I paid someone else’s mortgage. Now, I’m sure there is something more in-depth involving this scripture, but like I said, I’m very, very, very literal.

Look, my whole point is we need to pay it forward. Because in truth, we often do not. I’m not talking about the man on the corner with the will work for food sign. Nor am I talking about folk who hit you up at the gas station with a story about a pregnant wife, or a death in the family that they need to buy gas in order to get to where ever they need to get to. No, I’m talking about those people we encounter everyday – at work, school, church, the grocery store, McDonalds, etc. Those people that you won’t make eye contact with, speak to, or smile at. Those individuals who may simply need a little of that light you say you have to shine on them. A hello, a smile, and wait for it – PAYING FOR THEIR MEAL! What? Yep, that’s what I said – pay for someone’s meal. Buy your co-worker a coffee. Bring lunch to friends at work (or frenimies).

If I am not censored, I am going to continue to write on this topic for a couple of weeks. But first let me share this with you: I have been the recipient of the “pay it forward” phenomenon several times and I have tried to be a constant part of the movement. People I don’t know have paid for my meals, my gas, and my groceries. People I do know, right here at TLC, have put a few dollars in an envelope and put my name on it; given me donations to assist in ways that surprise and honor me and most certainly honors God. Seriously, it brings tears to my eyes when people reach out and pay it forward – not just to me, but to others.
I think we need to start a TLC “Pay It Forward” Movement! And it ain’t always about money or material things. It can be a hug, a smile, a kiss on the cheek. But whatever it is do it from your heart. I honestly believe that takes us back to that scripture that is the First and Greatest Commandment – Love the Lord with all your heart…

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