Life Stories

Pay It Forward

A simple act of kindness can have a massive impact. Something as small as a smile, someone letting you have the last parking spot, or a stranger paying for your food. If you have experienced this, you know how much joy it can bring. Cayla and her family are just one example of how simple acts of kindness can make a difference. Check out her story. 

“This was our first year serving on Serve Day. For our project my family and I helped build a fence for a single mom, cleaned up the neighborhood, and prayed over the schools in our community. After we had finished our project our group leader handed us these red cards to give to people. She prayed with us and encouraged us to find ways to continue serving people with them and invite them to church. After a long, hot day my kids came up with the idea to go to McDonald’s and hand them out by paying for someone’s order. We all ordered drinks and gave the employee at the window the Serve Day card and some cash to pay for the people behind us. As we pulled out of McDonald’s the car behind us was honking and waving which made my kids light up! We ended up going back to McDonald’s later in the day to get some ice cream only to find out that other people had continued the chain by paying it forward seven times!

As a mom, I teared up seeing the impact my kids were making. It melted my heart to see them be so kind and generous to strangers. During this time of so much uncertainty there is one thing I am certain about— the local church is the hope of the world.”


Every time you give, you serve, you love someone who’s hurting, you pray for the sick, you invest time in the next generation, you forgive, you worship, you connect to others relationally, you’re not playing church. You’re joining God in His eternal purposes, even if it happens at McDonald’s. 


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