This economy is getting ridiculous. If prices get any higher, I am coming to live with you!
We are all looking for ways to save money, and I have found one. When I go to gas stations, I always buy someone else’s gas. I say something like, “Are you getting gas tonight?” If they reply in the affirmative, I let them know I am going to pick it up for them because Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” Then I pull out my credit card, I get the transaction started, and we begin to talk.
I pulled into a gas station today, and only one car was there. Then it drove off. I prayed, “God, you need to bring some people here. You know I don’t like going to gas stations when no one else is there. Thank you.”
I went inside to pay for my gas, which I never do. But since no one else was around, I figured I could go inside and witness to Linda, the cashier. That went very well! I ended up buying groceries for a mom and her daughter. I gave them our Spanish books and also some Spanish tracts.
Finally, some people drove up. My strategy is a little different these days. Now I say to people, “How much gas are you putting in?” In the last few weeks, I have noticed that hardly anyone is filling up their tanks! People are putting $10, $20, or $30 in their cars.
I asked one guy today how much gas he was buying, and he said, “$15.” So, I pulled out a couple of ten-dollar bills and gave them to him. He told me I really didn’t have to do that. I told him I knew that! He was a teen who had just come from church! That was a good sign. He also liked to read, so I went to my car to get him some materials.
Then a lady pulled up, and I asked her, “How much gas are you getting today?” She said, “I am not sure.” (Why did she need to mess up my plan!) As we started talking, I noticed that she had a tattoo in Chinese. I asked her, “What does that tattoo say?” It stood for “I will always be here for you.” Now, that was an easy in. “Why did you decide to put that tattoo on yourself?” “My sixteen-year-old brother died.” “How did he die?” She stated that he died at a gas station! Well, we can all finish the story about what happened to him. I let her know that even though something horrible can happen at a gas station, something amazing can happen there as well. I had given her $30 for gas, and then her little sister popped out of the car! She was four years old. I gave the lady another $30 to do something for the both of them. We talked about salvation because she was not saved. I let her know there is nothing more important than being right with Jesus. She liked to read, so I got some materials for her to check out.
Currently, with my new strategy of asking people how much gas they are putting in, I am saving millions of dollars!! Like, tons of money. Not sure what I will do with it all. Looks like I need to go and find some more people to bless! That journey is going to be fun!
2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Have a great time serving the Lord. Be generous. Be thankful. Be bold. Be a giver. Give Jesus to someone today!
Until the Nets are Full,
P.P.S. Can you think of a Book that also isn’t open to being interpreted according to the schemes of men?