Pay it forward

Dr. Amanda Goodson

We are sometimes blessed to be a blessing to others. It is part of our inheritance. In Genesis chapter twelve the Lord said to Abraham “I will bless those who bless you”. It is wonderful to share stories of blessings where people became active participants in the adage “pay it forward” and I’d like to share this one with you.

Betty was down to the last $5.00 on her debit card and her unemployment check was not due for four more days. The check barely covered the rent and the essentials she needed for herself and two young children. If it wasn’t for food stamps, Betty did not know how she would feed her children. Well, this particular day Betty was almost out gas and knew her last $5.00 would barely pay for two gallons, if that, but she needed to pick up her son and daughter from school.

Betty was just beginning her walk with Christ. She was attending church, Bible study and faithfully praying every morning but she still had questions about who Christ was in her life. She started her day with prayer asking God to take care of her and her kids. She also asked that the $5.00 would afford her the gas she needed to keep her car running until her unemployment check arrived. Betty was praying for a miracle!

She drove up to the gas pump at Circle K, got out of her car and swiped her debit card. To her surprise the gas did not stop flowing at $5.00 but continued until it stopped at $30.00! Betty ran inside the Circle K to tell the clerk she thought there was a problem with the pump because she knew there was only $5.00 on her debit card.

The clerk listened patiently to Betty’s story allowing her to fully explain her dilemma. Half smiling with a very “matter of fact tone”, she told Betty of the man who had left the store only minutes before she had entered. He had purchased his gas using a $100 bill and told the clerk to “keep the change for the next person who came in to buy gas”.

Betty broke down and cried. She thanked God for hearing her prayers. She thanked God for taking care of her through her tough times. She thanked the clerk because she could have kept the change for herself. Betty was so grateful that she asked the clerk to swipe her debit card for the $5.00 left on it and to use toward gas for the next person who came into the Circle K. She knew that $5.00 could not buy a lot of gas but she wanted to “pay it forward” by blessing someone who was down to their last couple of dollars and needed a blessing no matter how big or small.

When you read 1 Kings 17:13-16 you will find that when the widow of Zarepath met Elijah, she thought she was preparing her last meal. But a simple act of faith produced a miracle. She trusted Elijah and gave all she had to eat to him. Faith creates Divine timing in your life. For those who doubt, miracles seem so out of reach for our feeble faith. But every miracle large or small begins with an act of obedience. We will see great things happen in our lives when we take the first step of faith.

Do you believe that God will supply all your need according to His riches? Pay it forward! Do you think that God has heard your prayers? Pay it forward. Do you believe

you are a winner in Jesus Christ? Have faith in God and He will provide and reward you diligently seeking Him. God always delivers on His promises!


Lord God, I trust you. Thank you for blessing me. Thank you for allowing me to see miracles everyday in just waking up in the morning. I am yours forever. Amen