Pay it Forward Fridays

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

{Happy Friday my friends!}

Today I am passing along an idea that I heard on my local Christian radio station JQ99.3 here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The idea, I suppose, stems from the movie Pay It Forward (you know, the movie with the little ghost boy from The 6th Sense and Kevin Spacey?). Anyhow, the idea that the radio station is trying to implement involves random acts of kindness and reaching out to your community.

The idea is simple: When you go to a drive-thru on Friday for your morning coffee or lunchtime snack, treat the person behind you. Just pay their bill (yes the WHOLE thing). They even have these printable "coupons" that you can give to the cashier when you inform them of your good deed. They hand the customer behind you the coupon when they give them the wonderful news that, hey, their lunch is free! Personally I think it is an ingenious idea and I would be so happy ecstatic if this happened to me! So, today, I think I will go out for lunch, and take the person behind me as well. :)

What do you think?


Ashley said...

I've really been wanting to do this lately! I've read a couple of other blogs/facebook posts of people who've been the recipient (both at Starbucks) and it's just so nice. Update us on how your "pay it forward" goes!
-Ashley (Poor and Fabulous)

Claire said...

My mom does this all the time! I love the idea :)

Rachel said...

Love, love, love your sweet words on my blog. Blog friends like you make me smile :) I got my rug at Target, I eyed it for months but just couldn't pay that price, but I finally broke down and got it anyway! It's fabulous.

I seriously LOVE this post. Such an incredible concept, yet it's so simple and so rewarding. I've done it once, but need to do it much more often. What goes around comes around, and I'm all for paying it forward! Happy, happpppy Friday to you, honey!

Anonymous said...


I have chosen you out of ALL of the Mingle Monday guests to be my Weekly Must Read!


Thank you so much for spreading the word about Mingle Monday, dearest! May this bring you lots of new guests and fabulous new followers!!

Now go brag about yourself, girl! This is a big deal!




PS- I love this post so much! I am a huge fan of random acts of kindness and this just touches my heart!! Thanks for being the light and love today, girl! You're going to make somebody's whole DAY!

Jen said...

What a great idea!

Hi, by the way.. just found your blog today from Life of Meg! I LOVE your blog design :)

a life of color said...

I just found your blog through Life of Meg!! It is so fun and I can't wait to continue reading!!

I love this idea of paying it foward!! I have heard about it and would love to try....but my budget won't allow as of yet!! One day though!!

SavedthruLove said...

how awesome! that sounds like such an encouragement. The thing I like is that paying it forward on Fridays might develop this giving gene we all have in us especially as believers and then we will begin to just do this NATURALLY! How awesome would it be to pay it forward every day knowing God will always provide and nothing is REALLY ours to begin with :)! be blessed love!


ag. said...

I love this idea! How sweet. It's not everyday a stranger pays for your coffee, I hope this catches on! :) Cute blog!