When I was growing up there was one man that was always at our church. Weekdays, weekends, it didn’t matter – he was there. And it wasn’t our pastor. It was our custodian.
He wasn’t a “churched” man, per se. He was there because it was his job. But over the years he came to know Jesus and the change in his smile was the proof. He didn’t have a glamorous job. Many people probably paid him little attention. And I know in a small town, at a semi-small church, he probably didn’t make much money.
I don’t know when it started, but one year at Christmas my parents slipped a fairly decent sized amount of money in his mailbox at church. Then the next year they did the same. Year after year completely secretly they gave him a “Christmas Bonus.”
For four years of their lives, my girls attended a very small Christian preschool up the street. The preschool aid is a single mom whose ex-husband left her without any resources. He fails to keep a job so there are no wages to garnish for child support. She works three jobs that are very demanding of her time. She also pours love into my kids.
One day before school, my mom handed me an envelope and told me to sneak it in Miss R’s mailbox. Sure enough – my parents were at it again. Sending envelopes with me throughout the year filled with gas cards, grocery cards and cash.
Miss R. figured them out after not too long, but my parents continue to gift her “secretly”. My mom has also been known to anonymously slip the receptionist at our hair salon a sizeable “tip” because she overheard her saying Christmas would be hard on her this year.
There are a lot of “unseen” people in our community. People who work very hard, often behind the scenes, to make our lives run smoothly. Those who clean and answer phones and collect our garbage. Wouldn’t it be fun this month to secretly bless them? The monetary amount isn’t important. Noticing them is.
“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:3-4 NIV)
Who comes to mind when you think of a “secret blessing”? Will you bless someone this month?