cash, tips

Written by Mark Lafler

B.A., Global University; M.C.S., Regent College I am currently serving as a youth minister at our church in Sarasota, FL. I am married to Tera (15 Years +) and we have 3 beautiful daughters.

March 7, 2012

cash, tips

The other Saturday I was making a pizza delivery like I do almost every Saturday.  For whatever reason, we had more delivery orders than normal.

I was in a hurry.

I had three orders to deliver and I knew I had at least two more when I got back to the pizzeria.

I went to the first house, knocked on the door, and waited for the customer to open it.

It took a little while.

She opened the door and apologized that it took her a bit longer to come down the stairs.

I handed her the ticket to sign and gave her the food.

When she handed me the ticket back I noticed she left the tip line blank.

However, the next thing I saw was cash in her hand – Yes!

Before she handed me the cash, she told me, “I don’t usually tip this much, but I was in prayer and I believe the Lord told me to give this to you.”

“Wow!” I thought.  Without looking at how much it was I told her, “Thank you very much… God bless.”

As I headed back to my car I counted the cash.

$12 was the tip.  The order was only for $20.  That is a 60% tip.

I gave the Lord thanks and asked Him to bless her for her obedience to Him.

I was blessed.

I have not knowingly found myself being on that side of a blessing from a stranger before.

It was pretty neat.

So what about you – any stories to share?

Have you been blessed by a stranger before?

Have you blessed a stranger before?


  1. Chris

    As I was starting seminary, I received a check from my mother for $100.00.  She included a note much like listed above, “I don’t know why, but I felt led to send this to you.”  I sent her a note thanking her for the check and that I had just started seminary and was $100 short of full tuition payment.

    • Mark Lafler

      Thanks for sharing.  Way to go Mom and God!

  2. Gina Carlson

    I was having a terrible day waitressing. We were busy, people were cranky, and I accidentally spilled HOT coffee on someone! A regular customer came in with his grandson – who was close to my age – that I’d never seen before. I waited on them as normal, and when I was cleaning their table, I noticed $5 and a note that said, “Give this to the girl in the green shirt. She made my day.” and just about cried. It was a great boost I needed through a rough day from a total stranger.

    • Mark Lafler

      Thanks for sharing your story Gina!!


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