30 Day Giving Challenge Day 10 2012

The House of Hills is once again participating in the

30 DAY GIVING CHALLENGE!

Our goal is to give something EVERY day of the month. Big or small, every give is a gift to someone! Join the giving with us. We’d love to hear what you’re doing.

Tonight we did a give that Maggie has been absolutely begging to do for the last two years. Each year as we start talking about what we’re going to do for the giving challenge, she has asked that we pay for someone behind us in the drive thru line. Each year, it’s gone on the calendar, and each year, it hasn’t happened for one reason or another.

This year as we were looking at the calendar, she pointed to today and said.”There mom. We can do it on Saturday after my late rehearsal. I’m going to need to eat anyway.” I agreed, and we put it on the calendar.

On the way to rehearsal, she confirmed that going through the drive thru was still the plan. I assured her it was. When I picked her up, she was giddy with excitement. We were taking a friend home too, and Maggie was so full of joy about the whole thing that the other girl got excited too.

When we first got in the line, there wasn’t anyone behind us. Maggie was almost in tears. She was turned around in her seat praying that someone would pull in behind. When someone did, she started bouncing. “We’re going to do it mom. We can do it!”

When I pulled up to the window and asked to pay for the people behind us, the young man just looked at us stunned and said, “Why?” He apparently had never been part of an random act of kindness. I explained what we were doing, and asked him to tell the people behind us “Happy Thanksgiving.”

The girls were both turned around in their seats trying to see the reaction of the people behind us. Unfortunately, it was already dark so it was hard to see. It led to a great conversation about not needing recognition when you give to someone. I shared that my favorite way to give is anonymously. I don’t need the gratification of seeing the recipient’s reaction. I give because Jesus asked us to give, not so someone can say thank you.

So, today’s give was some chicken nuggets and a chicken sandwich… at least that’s what the receipt said.

Have you ever paid for the person behind you in the drive thru?

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8 Comment

  1. Alysia says: Reply

    Love this! And, I love that our bottom line on UpStreet today was, “Don’t worry about who gets the credit, just serve!”

    1. KHill says: Reply

      Oh. My. Word. I’m a terrible mom that I didn’t even know that. Perfect fit!!!

  2. Alysia says: Reply

    Are you kidding me?!? [If it wasn’t my job to know the bottom line, I probably wouldn’t have known either. :)] I LOVE that Maggie is such a cheerful giver!

  3. Angela says: Reply

    Love this! That’s awesome how excited Mags was. I did the same thing at Starbucks last week as one of my givings for the 30 day challenge.

    1. KHill says: Reply

      I almost did it by myself when I went through Starbucks earlier in the week, but she SO WANTED to be with me when I did it. It was so much fun.

  4. So much fun! The challenge encouraged me to do that same give for the very first time a couple years ago. Very satisfying. 🙂

    1. KHill says: Reply

      We might have to do it again. We’re traveling later in the month. Perfect time.

  5. Grandma says: Reply

    I simply love what you are teaching our Mags! Brings tears to my eyes!

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