“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4
Tommy Wynkoop is an entrepreneur and the owner of Fox’s Pizza Den in Pennsylvania. He lives in a small town where winter can be long and unrelenting.
Three years ago, a snowstorm blew through the town that left many residents trapped in their homes. Tommy’s employees showed up to work on time with their usual cheerful attitudes.
When Tommy saw his employees were able and willing to work, he took to Facebook. He quickly updated his business page to tell residents that they could call or reach out to Fox’s Pizza Den if they needed medications or other errands run.
He explained no purchase was necessary, that he simply wanted to help his community. He did this because he knew his small town had many elderly residents and he worried they would become stranded or hurt in the storm.
Some people view hardship as an opportunity to profit. But Tommy took the opposite approach. Instead of using the storm to gain, he used it as an opportunity to give. That’s the very definition of love.
What situation in your life could you use as a chance to give back and bless others? How can you show love and grace to the community around you?
God, help me to be a giver. When others are takers, I want to keep on giving. Show me some tangible ways I can be a blessing to my community. In Jesus’ name, Amen.