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See the Needs; Touch the Hurt – Part 4 (Conclusion – A personal perspective)

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Have you ever heard the term “pay it forward”? I have, and often times we will buy a cup of coffee for the car behind us, or do some other random act of kindness with the idea that we are paying it forward. We do something kind for you and in return you are to do something kind for someone else.

In the scriptures we just read, and in the stories of the homeless, how can they pay it forward? And what is the nature of our intentions when we do something with the idea that the recipient in turn should do something for another person?





All of these words should come not with a debit card or bill, but from the heart.

The next time you are in a position to give your own mustard seed, give it with the expectation that it stops with you. No paying it forward. No debt to collect. Not even a thank you. Do it for what it is suppose to mean – the intention of kindness.

In life, especially now, it is so easy to see the needs of millions. All you have to do is turn on the TV or the computer and you are flooded with everyone asking you for help. It is overwhelming.

Sometimes the hurt is so deep that the person who smiles at you, and waves, shows only cheer when really their world is collapsing in front of you.

Sometimes it is not even a “person” per say  but an animal. I say this because on February 22, 2012, my friend Mark and his wife Janelle, rescued a pointer mix from a kill shelter in Florida. She was slatted to die that day – pregnant. She is going to deliver her babies on or about February 25, 2012.

She was hurting, sad, lost and lonely. And for this we sentenced her, and her unborn children, to die.

Why was she picked up as a stray? Because a person decided they could no longer care for her, and she’d be better off abandoned – fending for herself. Or maybe she was the puppy, born to someone’s own pet, whom decided they were to much trouble, and dumped her with her littermates like old trash. It would take too much time, too much explaining, and listening to too many lectures to have done the noble thing, the caring thing.  And by the choice of this person, just another dog and her unwanted litter of puppies could die.





If Mark and Janelle were not there, in that place, at that time, Ellie’s story would have ended. It is because they believe in the value of all lives, the kindness and generosity, that they took her when no one else would, and have given her a fresh chance as well as her babies.

She’s just a dog, but how is she, as just a dog, treated any differently than we treat those that we consider less than ourselves, or unworthy of our intention, our compassion, our honesty and our trust?

The people who suffer, who hurt, are not just those that are obvious such as the homeless, the orphaned, the struggling. People hurt everyday. All people. We all have our highs and our lows, so instead of waiting until you are certain of the hurt of someone else, reach across the proverbial line and offer kindness – pay it forward in the sense that you, without seeking trade or credit, are filling their bucket to hold them up when life is trying to empty it out.






Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

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