Not sure where “toot your own horn” came from but it’s not what I’m doing. I usually don’t tell anyone when I do such things but sometimes a good action done by one, inspires others. I truly believe these crazy ideas pop into my head because of my father’s daily examples (God rest his soul).
Today at Mass a devout black woman sat in front of us with her disinterested teenage daughter. I found myself praying for them as the Mass progressed.
I had an idea but I struggled with it. Is it a good idea? Will it be received wrongly? Will I be perceived as arrogant or condescending? Well, I said, I think it is from the Lord and if not, oh well…
I pulled a “Donation Envelope” from the hymnal rack in front of me and wrote on it, “You have a good mother. Use this to do something nice for her. God bless you both!”
I stuffed $30 into the envelop and waited…
…as we completed the last hymn, mother and daughter stepped out of their pew. I touched the girl’s shoulder and said, “This is for you.” She was startled, gave a nervous giggle, smiled and left. I said to her mom, “God bless you!”
I have no idea if it was a good idea or not; if she will love her mom more or be more interested in the Lord.
But I felt darn good all the way home. I remembered Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). I believe it — and hope you will too.