“Pay it Forward”
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
People regularly refer to karma but almost always in a negative way. We see posts or hear the words — “I can’t wait for karma to get her/him, because they deserve what’s coming to them.” This really bothers me. In fact, I would rather people reference the good stuff — the positive things that happen in one’s life. For example, today a friend posted on Facebook about a good thing that happened at the drive thru window she works at. Car #1 paid the order for the people in the car behind her. In turn, that person bought the next person’s order even though it was “more” expensive than her original order. My friend said this paying it forward went on for 5 cars. In my mind, that is AWESOME. So why don’t we talk about the good stuff anymore???
Personally, I know I have done things and over the years been involved in situations that I wish I had handled differently. But I would hate to think that those involved wished bad stuff happening to me because of it. Especially when I have apologized to those adversely affected. Like all of us, I have learned from my mistakes. Indeed, they ultimately have made me into a better person. Nobody’s perfect. The scriptures state that every one of us have fallen short of the glory of God.
Still, I’m not sure having “karma” get me would teach me anything I have met people who have never learned from their mistakes but that doesn’t mean that I would want to see any harm come to them. Nor would I want those who have wronged me to suffer the way I did. Instead, I wish them much happiness, blessings and peace because I am hopeful that at some point, everyone finds their rightful God given place in this world.
To that end, this coming weekend, I am going to make meat pies — something I haven’t done since my sister-in-law passed away 3 years ago. And … I am going to give them all away — in her honour — because like life itself, she truly loved meat pies.
And … I am going to send meat pies to people who have made me a better person. I am going to give some to people I know who show love and kindness to others year round without any expectations of ever receiving anything in return … and maybe, even to a few people out there who don’t deserve my kindness. Why? Because Acts 20:35 states, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Most of all, I’m going to bake meat pies and give them away because this year more than ever, I feel the need to spread love and joy and some happy “karma” to all those people out there who haven’t as of yet found their rightful God given place in this world 😉