“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone— especially to those in the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10).
The lady needed help and he went up to her. He smiled at her, but she showed her distrust anyhow. She had been waiting for someone to help her for a long time. Would he help her? He seemed poor and hungry.
After noticing her fear, he assured her, “I’m here to help you. why don’t you get in the car where it will be warmer? I’ll fix your tire. By the way, my name is Peter.” Although it was a relatively simple problem, it meant a lot to her. Peter bent down, raised the car, changed the tire and fixed everything. He got a little dirty and hurt one of his hands.
While he finished tightening the lug nuts, the woman opened her window and began talking with him. She told him she came from a big city and was just passing by and didn’t know how to thank him for his valuable help. Peter smiled and stood up. She asked him how much she owed him. She was willing to pay any price; she had already imagined the worst scenarios if he hadn’t helped her. But he liked helping people. He replied, “If you really want to repay me somehow, next time you find someone in need, help them. And think of me.” He waited for her to leave and went on his way. It had been a cold, sad day, but he felt good about himself.
A few miles down the road, the woman stopped at a small restaurant. The waitress came over to her and handed her a clean towel so she could dry her rain-soaked hair. The waitress smiled in spite of the tiresome day and the pain she felt in her legs from having stood for so long. The woman noticed she was well into her pregnancy and that, in spite of it all, she treated her very kindly.
She remembered Peter. So when she finished eating, she left a little note on her napkin and four 100 Brazilian Real bills. The note read, «Keep the change. Someone helped me today with the same kindness you treated me with, and that’s why I’m helping you today. If you really want to repay me for it, don’t stop the circle of love.» Tears ran down the young lady’s cheeks. Things were hard with a baby on the way. How did that lady know how much she and her husband needed the money?
That night, when she got home, she lay down, kissed her husband and whispered, «Everything’s alright, Peter. I love you.”