Yesterday I stopped at Star Bucks with my son. He had just had mouth surgery and I promised him a milkshake afterwards. I thought he would pick a McDonald’s milkshake but his idea was a Star Bucks double-chocolate frappuccino. While waiting in line behind an older gentleman who just ordered a simple decaf coffee, I witnessed something that warmed my hear.
Just as the older gentleman was reaching for his wallet to pay for his coffee, a well-dressed businessman, who was sitting at a table behind us with his laptop, stood up and holding his i-phone out to the cashier said, “this one’s on me”. She scanned his i-phone and just like that he paid for the older gentleman’s coffee. I smiled at him as I thought it was a very nice gesture but what I witnessed afterward is what warmed my heart even more.
Most people would say their “thank you” and “your welcome” and be on their way, after all I’m sure that businessman had a lot to do but this simple gesture literally made this older man’s day! He opened up to the businessman and began to tell him all about his current financial situation and how he believed things would look up soon. They carried on a conversation that would likely have never taken place had love not been shown first. As I left Star Bucks, the conversation was still in full swing and what warmed me is how the businessman was actually interested in what the older gentleman had to say.
It’s not hard to see that we live in a world where people care less and less about each other. Just pick up the latest newspaper or turn on the news and you will wonder about humanity and where exactly love for one another has gone. I feel like we live in a “me, myself, and I culture” and no one really cares about others.
It was refreshing to me to see this small gesture of love displayed and watch how it opened a conversation up between two people that would most likely have not spoken. The Bible commands us in John 15:12, “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” We are also told in 1 John 3:17, “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion – how can God’s love be in that person?”
I have to say that witnessing what I did yesterday made me see that a small gesture of love can go a very long way. I’m thankful to that businessman who put someone else ahead of himself. What a selfless, Godly thing to do. Let's reach out and do the same, and watch the love of Jesus in action. I believe Jesus’ love could change this world!!!!