There are two things I can't
1. Ungrateful people
2. People who take freely
but give nothing
The fact that most
of the human species falls into one or both categories explains why I like dogs better than
It also explains why I believe so
strongly in acknowledging people who don't fall into either.
So for Christmas, I'd like to
share a special story about a special young woman named Erica.
When my beautiful bride asked what
I wanted for my birthday last October, I answered "For people to
quit being so selfish. I'm sick of it!"
Though my answer was tongue in
cheek, she emailed my subscribers and asked them to Pay It
Forward by performing a random act of kindness for a stranger on
It didn't go so well. The responses were great, but few
and far between.
Then we heard from Erica Woodbury
in Huron, SD. In honor of my 51st birthday, she performed 51
acts of kindness for random people, mostly strangers. Here are a few:
#12 - Left some coins at a self car wash with a note that
read "It's a beautiful day for a car wash, enjoy one on me"
#14 - Took donuts to the police station, fire
station and national guards
#17 - Left some farm fresh eggs for my pastor and a
note thanking him for all he does
#18 - Gave a gift certificate for a massage to a
daycare provider to give to a mom who could use it
#21 - Left pencils at the school for a teacher who could
use them, with a note that said thanks
#23 - Left a color book and crayons at a clinic for kids
#28 - Paid for someone behind me at the fast food
#30 - Adopted a soldier and sent a care package
#34 - Made care packages for domestic violence shelters
#37 - Sent care package to farmer in need of
encouragement during a challenging harvest
#43 - Sent an old dress to a lady who makes angel gowns
out of them for babies who never make it home from the hospital
Nearly everyone SAYS they want to make a difference in the
world, but few actually DO something to make it happen. Erica
did, and we honored her with the first ever Glenn Shepard Pay It
It still seems like society is going to Hell in a hand basket
when I see nonstop stories of child molestation, murder, rape
and mass killings in the news, and I worry about what kind of a
world we're leaving for the next generation.
If you've ever felt the same, I hope this story brings you hope
that at least in some parts, there's still peace on earth and
goodwill towards men.
Merry Christmas from Nashville, Tennessee,
P.S. To see the full
list, go to
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