Back in high school, I had the opportunity to travel around the U.S. quite a bit. My travels led me to Texas, Delaware, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Oregon, California, etc. Being home schooled (coupled with super supportive parents) made travelling so much more feasible and cheap (thanks to off-season ticket prices). At one point in time, I began to notice this sandal that a lot of friends were wearing. A couple "googles" later and I had discovered their name-Chacos.
I love shoes. But, I also love frugality and budgets. These two don't mesh, I've found. When I discovered the price tag to the beloved Chaco sandal, I think I almost gagged. So, for years, I would google "Chaco Sale." My searches didn't yield the super sales I was hoping for.
On instagram, I posted how I missed a sale because they went out of stock too quickly. My brother then texts me a color name, and then not 10 minutes later a picture of an order confirmation for a pair of Chacos. He told me it was a belated birthday present, and one to make up for others he had missed in my life. This was definitely not the response I was thinking of when I posted the picture!
Yesterday, they arrived, and I wore them around all evening. They serve as a reminder of how my family and friends care for me, even in little things. Even in wants and not always just needs. I'm so thankful for the people who have chosen to be generous with me, and I pray I can be that to others. A friend told me a couple weeks ago that she loves to be generous with friends (and she many times has been to me) and because of that, friends being generous to her means so much.
So, I am praying that God would help me to be generous to the people around me who he calls me to love, whether it's a want or need. After all, isn't that what Christ did for us?