If you follow me on Twitter or we're friends on Facebook, then you know late last week I had some ... car problems. I got the news that I was dreading to hear, the hybrid battery in my '06 Toyota Prius needed to be replaced. If you know anything about that, it's not a cheap fix. I was quoted a price that made my heart sink. We're talking an amount of money that I didn't feel comfortable making that decision right then and there. So, I drove from that dealer (the closest one to where I started having problems), to the dealer I bought the car from a year and half ago and waited to hear. In the meantime I sent out this message via Hootsuite to both Twitter and Facebook: "The hybrid battery probably needs to be replaced. Awesome. #MoneyWeDontHave #ThereGoesAnyHopeOfAVacationAnytimeSoon". What can I say, I was frustrated (... and a bit whiny ... ok, maybe more than a bit). Later that evening, after a lot of prayer (by many friends and family) and being talked off the ledge by my MUCH better half, we were resigned to the fact the repair needed to happen so we would just bite that bullet.
The second dealer, confirmed the diagnosis. The major difference is, they got in contact with the corporate office and got them to kick in two-thirds of the cost of the repair. We were overjoyed at how they went to bat for us and because of this have earned ALL my future business. So overjoyed, that I sent this message out via social media, "Bemis Toyota of DeKalb is the best dealer & service dept. (... & we’ve been to a few) in western suburbs of Chicago! Thanks Bemis & @toyota!" We saw, once again, how God had provided for our needs.
... and He did again, today. In the mail, from a couple who lives out in the Pacific Northwest, comes a note ... and a check. The note essentially says that they are at a place where they want to be generous with what God has given them and would we please accept this gift. The check ... it will cover half of what we still owe on the total repair. To say I was BLOWN AWAY is an understatement. With tears in my eyes, I called my wife at work to share with her the news and a little while later (with a few less tears) I texted my pastor ending the story with, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!"
Today God has (re)taught me:
- He has blessed us far more than we deserve because He is a loving, generous God.
- He provides for our needs, always.
- His people are generous as they faithfully follow Him.
- He has blessed us with some great friends who remind me of the kind of person I want to be, because they pointed me to my Savior.
"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver". 2 Corinthians 9:6 - 7
As you have opportunity, be a blessing to those around you. It doesn't have to be money, it can be time or talent. Make the most of the opportunities you have to bless people the way God has blessed you. Decide to do it, and do it cheerfully. Pray for opportunities to be a blessing.