Random Act of Kindness (Day 30)

It’s the next to last day of the 31 Day Challenge… and I am looking forward to a little bit of a break.  My mind needs to rest a bit.  Check in with me tomorrow for the last day of the challenge… and then join me on Monday for Monday Praises.  This time, my oldest and dearest friend in this world will be my guest writer.  And I couldn’t be more excited!!

I wasn’t sure what I wanted today’s post to be about.  Typically, I share pics for Wordless Wednesday… but this is day 30 of a 31 day challenge,  I had to do more than that!  I was surfing the net, spending some time on my local news website, when I stumbled upon what would be called a “human interest” story from the Bull City.  I had tears rolling down my cheeks by the end of the read… this wasn’t just “human interest”… this was GOD-inspired!  How can you read it and not praise our Father for His goodness and His foot soldiers?!  God bless this man!

Disclaimer:  This story is shared without permission.  I beg forgiveness.  Here is the link to the original story.  I love my local news crew and mean no disrespect.  Happy reading!

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DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — A single mother wrote to ABC11 to share a story of what happened to her family at a Pizza Hut in Durham.

The Raleigh woman said the past few years have been very trying for her family. She is going through a messy divorce, has had to move several times, and her college student had to take a year off from school. She said recently she found out that her 4-year-old daughter has bullying tendencies, and her 6-year-old son is living with Asperger’s and ADHD.

Every Friday night, the woman takes her family on a dinner tour where they eat at a different restaurant each week. On Friday, the family went straight from daycare and after school to the Pizza Hut off Sherron Road.

It was around 6 p.m., and her son’s medication had long worn off. She was left with parenting lessons she had learned from classes and reading.

She said after they were seated, she saw a young man seated alone in a nearby booth. As she would normally do, the mother apologized for how loud the children were going to be and asked him to forgive them.

He told her not to worry because he had three children of his own and could relate.

The mother and her children went on with their meal. The woman practiced her usual engaging behavior trying to keep the kids occupied and on their best behavior.

After the young man in the adjacent booth finished his meal and left, a waitress and the manager came over to the family’s table.

The waitress told the woman that the man asked for paper and a pen shortly after the family was seated. Before he left, he paid the family’s bill and left them with a Pizza Hut gift card.

The woman said with tears streaming down her face, she was handed a three page letter the man had written. Now with the waitress and the mother both crying together, they started to read the note:

“I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes. I have to say thank you for parenting your children in such a loving manner.

I have watched you teach your children about the importance of respect, education, proper manners, communication, self control, and kindness all while being very patient. I will never cross your path again but am positive that you and your children have amazing futures.

Keep up the good work and when it starts to get tough do not forget that others may be watching and will need the encouragement of seeing a good family being raised. God bless! -Jake”

(Copyright ©2013 WTVD-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Give encouragement, friends.  Shine God today.  Be His light to others.  You are the best thing He has going for Him today!  Make it count!!  Be blessed!  See you tomorrow! 🙂



5 thoughts on “Random Act of Kindness (Day 30)

  1. Love this story! And having been a single mom from the time my kids were 5 and 7, I can totally relate!! So glad that kind stranger offered a word of encouragement and practical gifts as well. What a blessing to that mom!

  2. What a beautiful story!! Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this on my Counting Our Blessings link up! It’s so uplifting to see how there are such wonderful and loving people out there…it’s so easy to focus on the negative sometimes. It really helped to remember that being kind and gentle really does show the Jesus in us to others. 🙂

    Many blessings – Julie

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