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Tips for Jesus (via Huffpost)

 

Restaurant servers have demanding jobs, generally working long hours with low pay and little reward. They often depend on their tips in order to survive.  That’s why it’s disheartening to see stories like that of Pastor Alois Bell, who wrote on her receipt to her waitress, “I give God 10% why do you get 18.”

But ‘Tips For Jesus’ is on a mission to show the world what Christian generosity is supposed to look like.    Spanning the country from California to Utah, ‘Tips For Jesus’ has been leaving outrageously generous tips for delighted servers.

People have been wondering about what sparked this incredible show of charity. One commenter speculated, “I feel like what might’ve started this is other things posted on the internet how people leave no tip or fake tips in ‘the lords name’. So to me this feel like a combat something showing that Jesus did say to give to the poor and waiting tables is definitely a hard job which doesn’t earn a lot.”    Though the person or people behind ‘Tips For Jesus’ remain anonymous, their ethos is strikingly similar to the words of Justin Lee, who wrote in a blog responding to Pastor Bell’s rude note, “Remember, my fellow Christians: Whatever you do, wherever you go, whenever you tip, you are representing Jesus.”

However, controversy has arisen surrounding a tip left at a bar in South Bend, Ind., called Legends of Notre Dame that didn’t go through. Apparently, American Express and Notre Dame did not clear the $10,000 tip because they were concerned about fraud, reported the South Bend Tribune in November.

However, ‘Tips For Jesus’ affirmed that the transaction was legitimate on its page, writing to a server Ashley Rust, “@arust03 AMEX got paid, you should’ve got paid. Check with Legends management… sounds like the owners are trying to screw you. Tipsforjesus pays it’s tabs!”    The server responded that the issue was with Notre Dame, as it is a university-owned bar. Tips responded, “Notre Dame is stiffing you? Hmmm, let me make sure the charges went through since they claim they did not. If they’re lying to you, I can talk to AMEX about it, then you should get a lawyer, and call the local paper and ESPN. What they’re doing flys in the face of what Jesus would do.” They later posted a photo of the Amex transaction, which was cleared.

‘Tips For Jesus’ further offered to help the server, posting, “Nobody is going to ruin the good were trying to do.”

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a story from Suspended Coffees

A true story i came across about helping another person

I was twenty-four years old and three months pregnant when my husband died.

I was a widow and an expectant mother in the same day.

We had bought a new home and I had filled our two bedroom apartment with nursery items in anticipation of moving in. Now the house would be taken away. I knew I would have to go back to my parents’ home, at least until I delivered the baby. And the shock of my husband’s sudden death had made losing the baby a very real possibility.

I moved back into my old bedroom. My twin bed, a crib and a dresser was all that could fit in the 8 x 10 foot bedroom. The rest of our furniture had to go into storage.

I was able to pay for three months worth of storage and then I would have to sell all the new furniture we had bought for our new home because I wouldn’t be able to pay any more storage fees.

I had been told I couldn’t grieve my husband’s death because the baby was so at risk of delivering early, so I focused on keeping calm. Of course, that wasn’t easy – and it only got more difficult! Because I tend not to be a person who shares my troubles much, I had told no one but my sister. She was poorer than me and could only provide moral support. My parents were just making ends meet with another mouth to feed.

Then one day in early January 1971 I received a cashier’s check for $500. I had no idea who it was from and no amount of calling the financial institution who issued it gave me any clues. I was saved! We had enough money to pay for the storage rental for nearly another year!

I was so happy I smiled all day – something I hadn’t done in months!

Then, on the same day, my husband’s boss came to the house saying he wanted to see how I was doing. I told him about the check and he was thrilled for me. I knew I had nothing coming from the company my husband had worked for because he had been there only 6 months. In order to get insurance payments or death benefits you had to be with the company for a year.

The man sat down and pulled out three envelopes. The first was what we were due of my husband’s salary for his last month. The second was a bonus check he had earned for the month before (which was originally due to be issued at the end of the year.) And the third was for $10,000, which was his death benefits with the company!

I was incredulous! How could this be? His boss explained the first two checks were due us for services rendered, and he said he used his twenty-eight years with the company to make sure they did the right thing by us.

To this day I don’t know how he did it but that money saved us.

After the baby was born (with health issues that required thirteen surgeries in two years,) I was able to stay home with him until he was healthy enough to go to a nursery school with other kids. And it allowed us to move to a little apartment of our own.

In one day we had been saved by two angels with acts of kindness that touched my very soul. It was forty-one years ago but I have never forgotten them or that day.

It was the day I smiled from morning to night!…

Please do just one nice thing for someone today , it can be however big or small you want it to be , just do it with kindness .

 

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