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A small act of kindness can have a larger impact than we think. Recently a couple in a Philadelphia area diner set off a chain reaction of generosity when they finished their meal then paid double, covering the cost of their meal and that of another table of diner at the restaurant.

Though they asked the staff not to say anything until after they had gone, the waitress told the people at the table, “Merry Christmas, that person just picked up your tab.”

The chain of generosity continued for the next five hours, with dozens of patrons getting into the spirit and paying the favor forward. The diner’s manager said not one person was concerned about the price of the next check, which averaged between $12 and $30 dollars. Linda, the manager said, “It was a surprise to all of us, the girls were even taken aback. Those who took the check also tipped the waitress. So nobody had to do anything other than pass it on and that’s what they did. They just passed it forward.”

--Mystery Couple Starts “Magical” Chain Reaction, http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Mystery-Couple-Pay-It-Forward-79179347.html?yhp=1 ; December 15, 2009, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Romans 12:8 (CEV) “If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully.”

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