A Drive-Thru Difference

So tonight I had a little night out, and ended up hitting the McDonald’s drive through for dinner (no, not my usual dinner of choice — but  I’d spent too much time at Marshall’s, was supposed to meet a friend for coffee in a half hour, and was in a time crunch).


So I go through the drive-thru, order my burger/fries/orange drink (because I am healthy like that), pull up to the window to pay, and the clerk says to me

“Um, the lady in the green mini-van in front of you paid for your meal, and she wanted me to tell you to have a nice day.”


Basically, I was stunned. It’s not that it was a foreign concept to me — I’d actually heard of it through a local Christian radio station. They call it the “Drive-Thru Difference”. Truth be told, though, the cynical side of me (a side which, unfortunately, is rather, uh, big) has always kind of rolled my eyes at the idea. I mean, when I think of the bigger global picture — kids starving in Africa, a cholera epidemic in Haiti, and a host of other travesties — the idea of buying someone a coffee and dubbing it “ministry” has always seemed a little silly to me. Sorry, just being real.

So I guess what I was stunned by was how deeply that little act of kindness touched me. The fact that a complete stranger would pay for my meal somehow floored me…and the suspicion that I knew why they did it was even cooler to think about.

So, what did I do? I wasn’t sure how to handle it, so I just I opened my window and yelled “Thank you! God bless you!” to the dark green mini-van in front of me. I felt kind of dorky, but I wanted her to somehow know I appreciated it. She replied with “You’re welcome! You too!” before driving off.

Of course, I can’t be sure of what her story is or what prompted her to pay for my meal — but I know her little act of kindness will serve as a reminder  to be a little more aware of  ways I can serve those around me and of of how such a simple little act of kindness can empower someone else to do the same.




2 responses to “A Drive-Thru Difference

  1. This blessed me this morning! I’ve been sitting here reflecting on the steadfast love of the God who created the whole universe, keeps it running in His very capable, very big hands, and yet loves us so intimately and personally. Great story!!

  2. Hi Nikki…I totally love that you yelled out the window!! I even laughed out loud picturing it! 🙂 That would be a fun surprise!!!

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