Feb 22 2010

It's Make a Difference Monday!

Happy Make a Difference Monday! A cheerful Wal-Mart worker made a difference for Kelli today simply by being kind.  Who made a difference for you lately? Did you get to do something for someone else? Tell us about it!

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2/6/2010 11:26:22 PM
Hannah Canfield Canada
Hannah Canfield
I think that the Make a Difference Monday is one of the greatest things going, but I also think that it should be important to not only make someone's day, but to share the love of Christ with them. Tell them about our Savior who loves us and died for us. You could make an even bigger difference in their life with that! : ) Praise the Lord for everyone out there that is already contributing to this cause.
2/6/2010 11:27:36 PM
MaryKate United States
Today, I Bought My Sister A Chili Cheese Burito At Sonic, And Gave My Brother $2. Then Tipped The Sonic Person. You Never Know What Small Things Can Do. Smile
2/6/2010 11:32:38 PM
Shelley United States
Well Scott said he wanted to get out there and make a difference, well let me tell you, I don't enjoy the people that I work with, but I love my job. I recently discovered that I could listen to KLOVE online and listening to it in my office has made a huge difference in my attitude at work and so you make a difference in my day everyday. Thank you guys for what you do.
2/6/2010 11:43:16 PM
Robert United States
I agree with Shelley. Scott, whatever you do... DON'T LEAVE WORK and go make a difference because you are making a difference everytime you're on the air. Both you and Kelli have a great spiritual gift of exhortation that makes people listening WANT to go out and make a difference in someone's life in Christ. May the Lord keep His mighty hand on us as we continue to go out and obey His commands.
2/6/2010 11:45:33 PM
Serena United States
A cashier and I each paid for a muffin that was stoled from a grocery store by an elderly hungry man.
2/6/2010 11:46:04 PM
Michelle United States
Today I am making a cd for my friend who seems to be down lately. I am not sure what is bothering her, but I can tell she is hurting. So, I am making a cd that has songs that inspire me when things are tough. It will be a surprise for her as she does not listen to Klove. I am hoping she will be inspired and touched by the words. Maybe she will become a listener and closer to God! I am pretty positive the words will help her!
2/6/2010 11:46:10 PM
Diana United States
I love the Hubble Telescpoe too!! Actually the school I go to was named after it. Hubble Middle School in Illinos! Smile
2/6/2010 11:49:05 PM
katie v. United States
katie v.
my cousin went out to lunch with my pastor and when they went up to pay the cashier said that the man who had just left paid for their meal. they didn't know who he was but apparently he had been sitting near them. i just couldn't believe that someone would do that. thank you to whoever did that for my cousin and me pastor. bod bless you.
2/6/2010 11:49:06 PM
Jenny United States
I'm a working single mother of four young kids and I don't recieve much financial or emotional support from my children's father. So when I opened my mailbox my heart melted by the power of the Lord as he blessed my family with an annonymous note of encouragement and a $1,000 travelers check signed by a sister in Christ somewhere in Pasadena CA. I know nobody in Pasadena.
2/6/2010 11:50:33 PM
Melanie Rowlinson United States
Melanie Rowlinson
Hi Scott & Kelli,
  I get so excited when I hear others tell of their random acts of kindness, I just wanted to share mine, not for the glory, but so that others might think about doing the same someday.
  For vacation, my husband and I went to, uhh ..., I'll just say a "tourist town" a couple of years ago and stopped to eat lunch at one of the restaurants.  Shortly after we were seated, a family of 4 came in and were seated behind us.  After their meals arrived, one of the teenagers asked his parents if he could have a refill on his pop.  We heard the dad say, "only if it is free, we don't have much money left".  My husband and I got the same idea and as we left, asked the waitress for that family's bill.  We asked her not to tell them until we had a chance to "get away".  We didn't want any thanks from them, the warmth in our hearts from the blessing of sharing in secret was more than enough.

Thank you.
2/6/2010 11:53:04 PM
Matt United States
Driving home from school today we came across a man who had stopped on the side of the road. When we slowed down it became clear that he had took the turn too sharp and the large load of hay that was in his pickup's bed had been flung out onto the side of the road. My brother and my friends and I stopped and helped him reload his truck. When we were done, he said that we were a lifesaver and he couldn't have done it without us. We were glad that we could make a difference today, and hopefully share God's love with someone!
2/6/2010 11:54:00 PM
Becky United States
Though I am an avid listener of KLOVE I don't recall every hearing about "make a difference Monday".  Until this very afternoon.  
And I like many others this morning were at the grocery store and after checking out and sort of in a hurry to leave as my two small children were getting (reasonably) irritable.  An older lady (probably in her late 70's) was walking down the middle of the isle very slowly.  I couldn't go around and was having a hard time going so slowly. As the isle widened enough to sneak by she looked over at me and and said "oh, 2 children, that is so special...do you have just 2?" and I looked at her and said no I have 4.  She says "oh my that is so special...the lord is kind".  And man I smiled at her and said "he has blessed me beyond belief".  That young lady made such a difference in my day.  Not only did I walk slower as I continued out to my car.  It made me praise HIM for my beautiful children...something I sometimes forget to do! What a wonderful day I have had!!  Like Kelli had just said on air...it's the small things that can change a persons day!
2/6/2010 11:57:41 PM
Connie United States
Last Monday I was to meet my friend at Starbucks so I prayed that God would put someone behind me so that I could pay for their coffee.  Well there wasn't anyone there until I went to pay and the cashier asked if there was anything else.  I looked back and their was a gentleman there and I said that I wanted to pay for whatever he was having.  He looked at me and said "really", I said yes.  He says that he is getting something for his wife also, and I said, that's OK.  He said wow, we just had our car break down and towed and I said then you need a pick me up.  Enjoy and have a great evening.  When he and his wife pulled out she was smiling and waving.  God is so good, I can't believe how good that felt.  I will keep it up and am thinking of where I can stop on my way home tonight.  Thanks so getting this going.

God Bless,
Connie from Wenatchee
2/6/2010 11:58:06 PM
Barbara United States
Hearing your broadcast today reminded me about sending a note to my son's high school teacher years ago and thanking him for the difference his class made in my son's life and what a positive influence he was on him.  His passion for teaching changed the course of my son's career.  I was blown away when I received a note back from the teacher telling me that he was about to give up teaching because he thought he was no longer making a difference in the lives of his students...until he received my note.  I was blessed beyond description and thankful for the Lord's prompting to thank this wonderful teacher for his efforts.
2/6/2010 11:58:20 PM
Robin United States
I am remembering the birth of our son.  At the time, my husband was self-employed (no insurance) and the little guy (11 pounds, 1 oz.) came into the world via an emergency c-section and had to be in the special care nursery for several days.  We knew it would take us a long time to pay this birth off but made arrangements with the hospital.  In the mail one day came several hundred dollars worth of gift cards to a local supermarket, then, at church a few days later we were given money from an anonymous donor to help pay the medical bills.  We were so blessed and now look for ways to doing something nice for someone without letting them know who did it.  It is a blessing to us and hopefully to them.  
2/6/2010 11:59:50 PM
John Montez United States
John Montez
this is a story of an act of kindness that someone did for me. When I was about 17 years old my church youth group would make sandwiches and put together sack lunches for the homeless at a local park. In the middle of handing these lunches out a homeless man came up to me out of nowhere and said to me "I have nothing to give you except a handshake and a thank you" I honestly had to hold back tears and 19 years later I still share that story. This man that had nothing gave what he could, a simple handshake. Christ spoke to me that day in a handshake, I may someday shake the hand of the President of the United States, but it wouldn't compare to that handshake on that day. God bless you all.
2/7/2010 12:08:20 AM
kathy United States
I just had to sheare this with you! I came by a "windfall" the other day and had 2 $100.00 bills tucked in the front pocket of my jeans, intending to stash it in my savings account. When I got home from the grocery store, the money was no longer in my pocket. I can only think that God reached in and provided a gift for someone who needed it more than I did. I don't know if it counts that this "gift" was unintentional on my part, but I'm sure glad that He is in control!
2/7/2010 12:23:13 AM
Brian United States
I felt God's calling for a few years to step out in faith and never did until this year. I am a high school varsity football official and am on a field every Friday night. I started asking teams to join us after the game at mid-field for post game prayer. It has been an incredible thing leading a devotion and prayer with teams after a football game led by the referees. One of the teams has taken it a step further by hosting post game prayer after every game. We love touching the kids week in and week out. And we all have a group chant at the end. "God is Good" and the kids all respond "All the Time"; "All the time" and the kids respond "God is Good".
2/7/2010 12:23:47 AM
Marion Hazzard United States
Marion Hazzard
Several years ago, I was a single-mom struggling to juggle all of the responsibilities of raising my son alone.  My young son would often be at daycare/school from 6am to 6pm which would allow me to work to provide for us.  I was a very young Christian when a lovely couple chose to simply care about me and my burdens.  One day my friend asked for key to my apartment, saying that there should always be someone with a spare in case of emergencies.  That same night when I returned from a full day of work and grocery shopping, I was just hoping to throw something together and drop into bed.  I walked in to my house to the smell of a pot roast in my crock pot.  But then, as I walked through my house I realized that she had straighted and vacuumed, taken all of my laundry to her house and brought it back clean and folded.  I cried.  My burden had been lifted and I was loved in a way that really mattered to me...a single-mom.  Over the years of that friendship she would repeat her stealth-like acts of kindness many times, always at just the right time.  When the Lord brought me a husband (after 9 years), my friend was the most true maid of HONOR ever and her husband...well he introduced me to my now husband of 17 years.  He was of course the very BEST man at the wedding.  "How precious are My thoughts towards you,"says the Lord.  It is such an intimate love that Jesus has for us.
2/7/2010 12:24:24 AM
Kari United States
God really does work when you don't expect it.  One day, I had to drive to a meeting for work.  I rarely have to leave the office for work.  I finished early, so I decided to stop and pick up a few groceries before heading back to the office.  I'm a working mom with 3 young children, so normally I have 3 car seats in my van.  That day, I happened to have 4.  This was not at all usual for me.  On the way out of the store, I saw a woman near her vehicle in tears.  She had 4 small children and her car wouldn't start.  The youngest baby was sick.  She had been to the doctor and was there picking up medicine, formula, and diapers.  I offered her a ride, showing her that I really did have 4 car seats in my van.  She was so relieved and grateful and I was amazed at how God orchestrated everything.  What had been a nightmare of a day for her ended with something encouraging.  I was honored and humbled that God arranged to use me that day.
2/7/2010 12:44:46 AM
Linda Govednik United States
Linda Govednik
Hey. You have no idea how happy I am to hear that your going to be on the air in OAKLAND, CA. I just moved back to the Bay Area from Oregon. First thing I noticed is there was no Christian music station that I could get on the radio here. The Bay Area is a desert. I so thankful to hear the God's rain is coming. I can't wait to see what happens!!!!
2/7/2010 12:46:43 AM
Marci United States
Over the weekend i was scraping our driveway and i noticed that my nieghbors hadn't scraped their driveway. All of a sudden i thought of K-Loves Make a Difference Monday. So I said to myself I am going to make this "Make a Difference Friday" and scrap their driveway. Thank you K-Love for all you do!
2/7/2010 12:48:05 AM
Amy Jo United States
Amy Jo
My mom is in the ICU right now and until yesterday she was on a respirator.  Her mother came all the way to West Virginia from Michigan, about a 9 hour drive at the age of 84 to be able to see her before the Lord takes her home to be with Him.  On the way out of the hospital today she stopped some janitorial workers and said "Thank you for all that you do around here."  The man stopped and looked very dumbfounded and said "Really, well you're welcome and thanks."  Grandma simply replied with "No problem and may God Bless You!"  That little thing I know made a difference to them and it made a difference to me also.  Even through her greif of her daughter laying in the ICU she felt compelled to lift someone else up.  WOW!!!
P.S. Please pray for my mother if you read this, her name is Cathy. THANKS!!!
2/7/2010 12:48:07 AM
Michelle United States
I started a new job managing a low income apartment complex for senior citizens.  Our complex has gotten hit with a lot of large and unusual bills in the last couple of months so money has been tighter than I would like.  We have one important end of the year report that has to be filed by a CPA.  It has been very expensive in past years so I started shopping around and praying....Today I finally connected with a CPA who is saving our complex nearly $1000.00!!!  He said he knows what everyone else charges but he doesn't think it is right to charge so much to those who are trying to help our senior citizens.  Our little not for profit complex is so blessed to have found some one who cares.  I am so blessed to see how God leads and directs me even in my little secular job.
2/7/2010 12:49:15 AM
Mickie Neely United States
Mickie Neely
This is a great idea.My way of making a difference sometimes is: I go to McDonalds just about every morning (I know....)I usually go thru the drive thru. I sometimes buy breakfast for the car behind me. But the catch is when I get to the pay window I ask the cashier to deliver a gospel tract to the car that I just paid for the breakfast. I like to watch the surprised look on some people's faces. Plus you never know when you might plant a seed. Our Church location and the time of services are printed on the tract.
2/7/2010 12:51:10 AM
Jenny Lawhon United States
Jenny Lawhon
This is a story about what I did today. My neighbor needed some food today, but it was to slick, so she could not get out of her drive way. So my dad, plowed her drive way, and me and My mom, mailed out her mail, and went to the store for her. She was so greatful, that she called her friends and told them how great she thinks we are.
2/7/2010 1:02:09 AM
Mickie Neely United States
Mickie Neely
What a great idea! My way of making a difference sometimes is as follows:
I usually go thru the McDonalds drive thru every morning.(I know...)sometimes I will pay for  breakfast for the person in the car behind me. My only catch is that I give a gospel tract to the cashier to hand to the person in that car. I love to watch the expressions. My Church address and times of service are on the tract. You never know when you might plant a seed!
2/7/2010 1:25:50 AM
James United States
I heard somebody commenting about donating blood and I also donate blood. A couple of the reasons I think of when I donate blood are:
1) It's a very good expression of the truth, "it's better to give than to receive.I'm thankful that I'm healthy enough to give blood.
2)Jesus is a blood donor.
3)They give you a Mt. Dew and cookies when you're done, and it doesn't get much better than that =)
2/7/2010 1:34:55 AM
Alyssa United States
Hello Scott and Kelli!

I love this concept of making a difference to someone else.  I have a story of how God was able to use me to plant the seed of belief in Christ in another, however, I have no recolection if it occurred on a Monday or not.  

I work for a bank that is located inside of a local Walmart.  As you can imagine, I meet a lot of neat people, and one customer that I had opened an account for still sticks out in my mind.  She moved across the state (of Washington) to run from an abusive relationship.  Because of this, we were not able to obtain a "real" phone number or address for her.  One day she had called about 30 minutes before we closed and asked if there was anyway to get $100 from her account because she needed to go out of town for a family emergency and she had lost the debit card.  Because she didn't have a car, I asked her if there was any way she could get a ride within the next 45 minutes.  While waiting for the call back, the other employee and I closed the bank.  Right as we were about to leave, I heard the answering maching pick up a call.  God told me to go into the back and listen to the message.  It happened to be the lady asking me if I was still going to be there for another half an hour.  She left her number and I aprehensively called her back.  We came to the agreement that I would withdraw the last $100 in her account and I would bring it to her and she would sign the slip.  Even though it would compromise her safety to give me her "real" address, she trusted me enough to.  As I was leaving Walmart, God told me to withdraw the money out of my own account instead.  (He had recently blessed me with an extra insurance refund check, and I didn't know what to do with it.)  As I walked to the ATM to take the money out, I explained the situation to my co-worker.  She warned me saying that I could get in trouble for loaning a customer money.  I replied that God was telling me to do this, and I wasn't loaning it, I was giving it, and because my heart was true and if I got in trouble, then "so be it."

When I arrived at her house, she was smiling ear-to-ear, yet I could tell that she was still worried about her family emergency and her financial situation.  When she brought me the signed withdraw slip, I told her to throw it away.  She then looked at me with such a puzzled look, and I explained to her that God had blessed me financially, and he wanted me to give her some of my good fortune.  She started to cry like a baby as she hit her knees and began praising God in the parking lot of her apartment complex.  At the same moment, her 10 year old son came up on his bike, looked me straight in the eye and told me, "thank you."  

I just want everyone to know that God can speak to us just as powerful as we can speak to each other, we just have to be quiet and listen sometimes.  This story happened because of Faith in God, he was able to bless both of our lives, as I held as much joy as she did! God is Good!

God Bless,
Alyssa (from Richland, Washington)
2/7/2010 6:39:48 AM
Kimberly Howenstine United States
Kimberly Howenstine
I have to give you a Make-A-Difference-Monday experience.  The water froze at my house over a week ago and it caused one of the pipes to burst.  I couldn't get a plumber to come out and fix it, so one of my co-workers dad's, Mr. Bill, came to my house (which is an hour away)and fixed my water pipes in the pouring rain.  He had to go get a few parts and he refused to let me pay for them.  Then, when I asked him how much money I owed, he told me NOTHING.  He then said, "Thank you for letting me work on your house!"  Mr. Bill is one of my angels in disguise.  He will NEVER know what that ment to me.
2/7/2010 6:47:14 AM
2/7/2010 7:09:34 AM
Dorine United States
Not long ago my 14 year old son was dreaming about how much "stuff" he could get if my husband is able to find work when he returns from serving a prison sentence.  My 13 year old daughter chimed in with her wishes after which I rather sarcastically said "and I can get a new bra".  I related the story later that day to a group of friends at Sunday School.  Last week in the mail I got a card in the mail with $25 in it and a note that said "for a new bra" It also included a gift card to our local grocery store and was signed, Love in Christ, friends.  
The Lord really does care about the little things
2/7/2010 7:45:58 AM
VA Beach Va United States
VA Beach Va
This weekend I had a lot of personal issues going on but I hadnt told anyone about it, I had asked a friend to take me to Walgreens to get a passport picture, on the way back he asked why I needed it, and through the answer he realized I needed help. He said "you are coming to spend the weekend with me." He helped me get the things done that I needed to, and the and two other freinds spent the weekend with me and truly loving me! For instance,one of the friends that was with us put her arms around me and held me just because I was angry about my circumstances. As I said I'm sorry for interrupting your weekend, he said "This is what God wants me to do"- love is simply an amazing feeling!!!
2/7/2010 10:08:49 AM
Allyson United States
Today - without realizing it was Monday -found out that a friend that goes to my church has his girlfriend break up with him to be a nun. This was surprising to me.. I could relate on a DEEP level. I really wanted to make sure he was okay. I, not even a year ago had a really close friend go to seminary and we were practically dating as well. I was so mad at God because, I jsut coudln't udnerstand how he could put someone so amazing in my life to take him away... In addition to this i had been in and out of the hospital for 3 months dealing with something the doctors still are unable to figure out..i'm still dealing with it now and it's one of the hardest things i've ever been through so I knew that my friend had to be going through something serious as well.

I found out that not only had he been dealing with this but he had been in and out of the hospital  as well - I knew that God wanted me to support this guy with what he is going through - So I sent him a message and told him that if he needed to talk i was there. And surprisingly he was like your the first one to offer that and i really do.. He hadn't known about my deliema but, I know that God was working through me to help him go through that pain a little easier than I had.

I'm thankful that I know why God might have put me through this - and that i can help
2/8/2010 7:00:09 AM
Sarah Wells United States
Sarah Wells
I have recently found myself in a difficult situation. Yesterday, I was driving around in a borrowed van looking for a job for what seems like the millionth day of unemployment. I was praying to God asking Him how to show me his provision as I looked at the gas gage telling me I only had 30 miles left before empty. I walked into a local dry cleaners and filled out yet another application even though they are not hiring. There was a lady at the counter when I was talking to the manager explaining my job history and answering all the normal questions. Feeling dejected a a little hopeless I walked to the borrow van and began to drive away. When the lady at the counter stopped me. She said she had just moved and had some boxes that needed unpacked and she could pay me for assistance. Then she looked in my car and asked me if I go to Broadmoor...which I do...and it turns out she does too. After figuring out which service she goes to and sunday school class she attends...she took my phone number and then paused and gave me $20 for gas. I don't know if she knows but she was a direct answer to that prayer...God, through her willingness to address a need in my life, proved that He will continue to provide. I don't know her name...but thank you to all of you who are willing to listen to God and step out and make a difference...from this side of the story.
2/8/2010 3:52:38 PM
Lacy Jay Webb United States
Lacy Jay Webb
yesterdy I drove 3 hours to London Ky to pick up my grandma only to drive her an hour to hazard for a 45min appointment. Then I drove her an hour back to her home and 3 hrs back to my home. It was a hard ruff day I had my 15 month old daughter with me. I drove for 8 hours yester day just to take my grandma to a 45 min appointment. I would do anything fo rmy family i love them!
2/8/2010 5:48:52 PM
Sheila United States
Mine is a make a difference SUNDAY... because we did this on Valentines Day this year... I wanted to be a part of making a difference in lives of the broken who often "sulk" on holidays and "secular" holidays such as Valentines Day.  Oh did we have some fun... and to ENCOURAGE others.. you can do this ANY day of the week... after being encouraged in listening to "make a difference Monday" and the story about the lady who gave out sonic cards to bless others I knew I had to share our story to encourage others as well.  I heard the lady talk about giving out sonic cards to bless others... my son, family friend and I went out on Valentines Day and blessed our community.  It was AMAZING!!! I felt blessed that our father was working through us to show his love!  It started at a gas station where there was a box of hotesses (shaped in hearts) and it went from there... we went up to people asking them if we could "bless them" and telling them Happy Valentines Day and GOD LOVES YOU!  It was SOOOO Wonderful!  We went from our city to about 70 miles out of town and back blessing people on the side of the streets who were chainsawing trees, to people in local stores, or coming in and outside of bars and liquor stores.  Many reactions were of... ME? You want to do something for me? Or what do I owe you for these gifts?  They received the gifts of love but the "gifts" were merely a decoy for the message we intended on giving and GAVE and that was "GOD LOVES YOU!"  YAY!  As I ran out more were supplied at other locations we visited. (Gas Stations & local grocery stores) We were so random and had absolutely NOTHING planned.. that was the fun in our blessing others!  God is AMAZING! We had SOOOO much fun and we were equally blessed.  I remember Valentines Day being "broken" and feeling sorry for myself that I wasn't thought of (before I was saved)... now I know... it's not about me, it's about sharing the love our father has within us with another. God bless and thank you for letting me share our story. In Christ, Sheila

2/9/2010 12:41:21 AM
Gayle United States
I must confess that I didn't set out to make a difference on Monday. I went to pick up pizza for our supper. The order wasn't right. The guy behind the counter said they would remake the pie right. I told him not to bother. He said it was no big deal, would only take 7 minutes, and I would get to take both pizzas. We really like pizza, but my husband and I don't usually eat 2 large pizzas. While waiting, I started thinking what I could do with the extra pizza. I was reminded of the people standing in the cold, requesting donations, at the intersections all over town. When I left the pizza place, I drove one mile north and found my target. I pulled into the left turn lane, where the light was conveniently red, and rolled down my window. A man came to my window and I passed that warm box of yummy to him. I thought he was going to cry. I, of course, was. I told him "God bless you" and drove off. I absolutely love it when I am able to get out of the way and let God move me around. Thank you guys for being the vessels God made you to be.
2/9/2010 2:01:56 AM
Sarah Wells United States
Sarah Wells
I know I have already commented but I just have to share how God has blessed me with the world! I have recently joined the choir at church was is really outside of my comfort zone but something  believe God has called me to do as he has given me this talent. While we were in rehearsal preparing for a special night of worship it was announced that there was a dress code for the event. The look on my face and tears that welled up in my eyes were apparantly visible to the woman sitting next to me who immediately texted the family I was staying with. With the economy in its current state and work hard to come by there was no way I would be able to afford an outfit and I had nothing appropraite to wear as it had all been left behind in a big move. The family I was staying with immediately texted my boyfriend and the two of them spent the week plotting and shopping...without me knowing. I had just decided that I would not sing in the night of worship but the Thursday before the event when I came home there was a new dress and all the needed accesories laying on my bed. It was beutiful and fit prefectly and I felt like a princess....but even more importantly I got to worship and I could have never stopped and it would have been just fine with me. I love it when the body of Christ isn't afraid to act like it! I am so blessed!
2/11/2010 2:13:48 AM
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2/14/2010 6:26:46 AM
Laura Berg United States
Laura Berg
This is actually something my sister did. She has been watching her husband battle cancer for almost 10 years and has been his caregiver, Recently he had surgergy to remove throat cancer. Even through her tough morning she found a way to make a difference - this is her FB post. I love her last sentence!!  

Tough morning. finally dropped kids off at school.. tears streaming down my cheeks that just seemed to fall out of my eyes. Head to Toyota as they forgot to fix the passenger airbag from the accident. Stop at BK to get a Diet Coke. get to the window and the kid tries to hand me a bag of food. Told him I just wanted a DC. He apologized and gave me my drink. He called a manager over to correct my credit card charge, and I SMILED... and told him NOT to fix it, but instead to let me buy breakfast for the car behind me and pass on the message for them to enjoy their day! Then I thanked him for the opportunity... and I felt better...I need to create my own joy on days when I cannot see it...

2/15/2010 11:52:54 PM
Sharon Burr United States
Sharon Burr
For the last 7-8 years, I've become increasingly more aware of the veterans/heroes that are among us daily.  (ANGELS AMONG US comes to mind)  
  They've served this country and sacrifice so much so that we can come & go as we please, worship as we please, fuss at the political scene if we so choose without fear of retaliation from the government..so many things we take for granted.
  There's really not much "little ol' me" can do to thank these dear folks... But one year, as our Rainbow Assembly was sending out Veterans Day cards, it occurred to me, why let veterans' day be the "only time" we thank these dear soldiers??  
  I went to Office Depot, "where the folks are so kind to do whatever my little mind asks" and had 500 business cards printed up to have handy when i saw a soldier in his camo uniform, wearing a jacket or wearing the cap signifying their time of  service, whatever.  
  I quietly & inconspicuously, slip the card into these folks hands,smile,wink,nod & go on about my business. There's a poem on the front. The back says, "there is nothing "I" could ever do to thank you for all the sacrifices made by YOU & your family on our behalf.  Sadly, this will have to suffice. Please know,
              YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!!!
                 MAY GOD BLESS & KEEP YOU & YOURS.
  About a year ago,I slipped it into the hand of a Vietnam vet. I winked at his wife & said "thank you sir," then wandered off.  
   About 5 minutes later, this gentleman found me. He was almost in tears & gave me a big bear hug!!!    "Ma'am, I've waited 25 years for someone to  say THANK YOU!!!"....
  oh my goodness(how sad is that?).i really didn't know "HOW to respond"......
All i could say was  "I'm sorry it's taken that long, sir.  I didn't really understand what was going on during that era. I was only 12 and horribly PROTECTED from the outside world." He smiled & said: "it's ok ma'am, this makes up for it."
  Again, it's not much.  But, I am so adamant about getting the "THANK Yous" extended before it's too late. And that goes for anyone in our lives. Be sure we let them "receive the roses"  so they can enjoy them  BEFORE they're gone.
    It doesn't take much, obviously.  As I said, my dear friends at OFFICE DEPOT make mine for me. But if a business card isn't your thing, JUST SAY "THANK YOU." Call an old friend,or a family member you've not seen for a while, and remind them how special they are. A phone call doesn't take all that long, what? 3 minutes, max?
  I'll HUSH lest i ramble any more   SORRY
2/16/2010 3:36:00 AM
Robia Vang United States
Robia Vang
KLOVE has changed my life. It's all I listen to. Well my make a difference monday was today, 3/01/10. This morning when I woke up, it was a regular day as usual. I had to take my friend to work, and we both work in the same area, so everytime I drive by this intersection going home, I would see some of the homeless people holding up signs saying Everybody needs God, and so today, after I dropped off my buddy, and drove by that intersection, as I stopped on the red light, I looked over to the other lane near them, and I see the lady in the other car handing bags of clothes to the person standing there. It just touched my heart, at the same time, klove was mentioning make a diff monday, and so I went back home, packed a few canned foods and clothes and headed back. I felt that God was there the whole time. The Red light flashed right when I got there and the amazing thing was that when I finished giving her my bags, the car on the other side waved and gave her muffins and cupcakes. It was so touching, and we know that God was there..
3/25/2010 1:17:22 PM
Cynthia Gladden United States
Cynthia Gladden
I had decided when I was in the drive thru window at Starbucks, to pay for the person's drink behind me.  When I got to the window, before I could tell the worker my plans, he announced that the car in front of me had just paid for MY drink! I told him I wanted to pay for the car behind me, and he said the woman two cars up had paid for the car in front of me!
4/1/2010 11:48:49 PM
Amanda United States
today i helped clean up after my neighbors dogs and took them out to walk when i came home from work because she wasn't home yet.
5/29/2010 9:33:34 PM
Marline United States
Today I pay for my friend Cellphone bill.  His cellphone was cut off for the past days and he havent been working for the past several month. I didn't tell him that I pay for it...
As a college student and a single mom...Living in a tigh budget... I know my rewards  is in Heaven
6/20/2010 3:42:30 PM
Kristi Rogers United States
Kristi Rogers
My teenage sons mow the grass and clean up the yard of an elderly couple with frail health down the street.
11/29/2010 4:02:12 PM
Sharon Burr United States
Sharon Burr
just an UPDATE on the cards i hand out to the veterans.. A patriot Guard handed me a glossy much prettier card than mine.  he got them from Richard Glasgow  rglasgow@comcast.com  who has a site called Dear American Hero   it's awesome.  he thanks each & every branch individually and  there is one card that covers all branches.
the "generic" card reads  
THANK YOU  for your service & dedication to our country!
the reverse side reads Dear American Hero:
  im not certain how to express my gratitude.....etc etc
It's Wonderful.  There is also a card dedicated to the FAMILIES of the servicemen/women   the little boy on the front is dressed in digital
camo with a thank you to the families. it's priceless!  Check it out.
there are cups, blankets, anything you could wish for.  the prices are wonderfully affordable too.
Please,Just take time to remember these dear men & women so it won't be 25 years before THEY receive a thanks  
and Since it IS the season, take time to remember those across the water.  take a box and fill it with jerky, razors, m&m s; other candies, peanuts, just STUFF they cant get there. as they have no access to WALMART.  ;+(  so ANYTHING would be appreciated.  
if you don't know anyone personally  ask around, someone will have a friend,relative spouse over there....then send it accordingly.  My Rainbow Girls opted to take the money they'd have spent on each other, and buy stuff for the soldiers, for their Christmas party.  I was so proud of the kids.  They do have the option to say "NO SHARON ...WE want our own gifts."..but they have learned their lessons of Faith, Hope & Charity taught to them and have responded as taught. ;+)  
it doesn't have to be much......just so they're not forgotten.
Merry Christmas to you all.
                          respectfully,  me  
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