| July 26, 2009 at 10:21 am
I remember one Saturday afternoon, as I was bending out the window handing a man his venti, quad-shot, half sugar-free-vanilla half sugar-free-hazelnut, six splenda, extra hot, non-fat, no foam latte-with a sprinkle of cinnamon- served in a double cup plus hot sleeve, he said, "I want to buy the drink of whoever is behind me. Is that do-able?"
I looked at the car behind and and for some reason the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "Why?"
"I want to show them the love of Jesus in a practical way." he said. "Is it do-able?"
"Yeah, sure." I pushed the button that brought the other car's order you and told him the price. As he paid for it, he also handed me a small card that read: Have a wonderful day! Jesus loves you and thought you needed a drink on me."
Wow, is all that came to mind. What an amazing way to share the good news of Jesus, than by doing something so simple, yet powerful. The people in the other car were taken back and excited about it. They wanted to know who he was, why he did it, if I knew him, was he from here in town? I just handed them the card, and they were so blessed.
Since then I witnessed that act of kindness several times. One coffee shop in California reported that they experienced the phenomenon for over four hours as each person, who had been paid for, paid for the person behind them. It was so impacting that in the fall of 2005, Starbucks capitalized on the concept with a campaign. They handed out little cards encouraging people to participate in this act of kindness.
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