Pay It Forward

A woman pulled up to the drive-thru at a Starbucks in Sacramento, CA and ordered a double-tall, ginger snap latte. (ginger snap?)  When she paid for her coffee, she paid double, thus paying for the person behind her in line.  The person behind her then paid for the person behind him, and the chain effect continued 109 times as people continued to pay-it-forward, buying coffee for the person behind them in line.  April Fredrikson, the Starbucks barista said, “We still recognize that we're all kind of in it together, we're all in the economy thing together and to come here and just like pay it forward and help everyone out, it's really a community contribution.” 

What a great reminder that we are in this community thing together and that means we need to look for ways to pay it forward.  In 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

We receive comfort from God so that we can pay forward that comfort to others.  It works with coffee and other material blessings as well as with the emotional and spiritual support Paul discusses.  John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”  God places us in relationship with others so that we can bless them and they bless us.  We are to pay it forward.