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When Tammy and I go out for a nice dinner, if the service is good, I like to leave a large tip. I love to see the look of surprise the waiter or waitress has when they see something they weren’t expecting. But when I heard about something called Tips for Jesus, I was the one who was surprised.
Over the last few months, an anonymous patron has been leaving enormous tips across the United States – $5,000 in Washington, $1,000 in San Francisco – the list goes on and on. Over the last six months, this anonymous tipster has left over $130,000 in gratuity. And at the bottom of each receipt, the words “Tips for Jesus” are stamped in bright red ink.
Isn’t that amazing?
I think the mystery tipster may have been onto something when he made an explicit link between overwhelming generosity and the Christian faith. It’s as if he recognized the power of God’s amazing blessings in his own life and actively sought to make that power knowable to as many people as he could. In 2nd Corinthians, Paul writes: “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8).
We are blessed every day by God’s mercy and grace in ordinary and sometimes extraordinary ways. And just like this mystery tipster realized, there will be opportunities to pass some of God’s bounty on to others. By being channels of his blessings we join with Jesus in reminding other the good news of God’s overwhelming love for all.
Perhaps in this next week or so you might look for opportunities to pass on some of God’s blessings with a smile, a helping hand or even a donation. Who knows, it might be the waiter or waitress serving you who could use a reminder of the free grace of God with a generous tip.
I’m Joseph Tkach, Speaking of LIFE.