While I was in California recently, I needed exact change for a bus. I looked for a business nearby to get change. There was a coffee shop. The clerk said that she was not allowed to open the register to give change but she herself was a bus rider, so she got out her purse and made change for me from her own personal money. How kind is that!
The cost of the bus was $2.25, so I had three quarters left. Someone else came to the bus stop and she did not have exact change either. She had two dollars but no quarters. I offered to give her one of the quarters I had left. She didn’t want to just take the quarter from me. She was very hesitant. Then I told her about the clerk giving me change from her own money. It was really the clerk’s kindness and generosity that produced the quarters. So, the fellow bus rider accepted the quarter – with a caveat. She said that she would make it a point to help someone else when the opportunity came up.
Gratitude produces generosity which produces more gratitude which produces more generosity and on it goes. Or is it generosity that produces gratitude which produces more generosity which leads to more gratitude? All I know is that gratitude and generosity go together. And cultivating the spiritual discipline of gratitude makes the world a better place and makes us better people.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16