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What goes around comes around

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe; he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you. He said, “I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.”

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, “And think of me.”

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: “You don’t owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do, do not let this chain of love end with you.” Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard… She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, “Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.”

There is an old saying “What goes around comes around.”

Author: Unknown

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  • Anne May 5, 2012, 2:35 pm

    What a beautiful story! It gave me chills… If the world was more loving everything would be so different.

  • Sandu May 1, 2012, 2:16 am

    I was moved…really touching…

  • Bapuji Maharatha April 30, 2012, 2:24 pm

    What a wonderful story….!!!

  • Tadam Nabum April 27, 2012, 7:06 am

    Heart touching story…

  • Joel H B April 26, 2012, 8:40 pm

    The stories help me in preparing assembly for my elementary school students.

  • Eddimario April 17, 2012, 2:15 pm

    This story is actually the lyrics of a song (the chain of love) by Rory Lee & Jonnie Barnett; sung by Clay Walker. Let’s credit the creative writers.

  • M BILAL April 16, 2012, 8:12 am

    A fantastic inspirational story.

  • Deepika April 13, 2012, 6:20 am

    Amazing! It was an unexpected ending!!! Really good!!! Nice 🙂

  • Partha April 12, 2012, 1:29 pm

    A very heart warming story. Thank you guys for spreading it. God bless.

  • Anna March 29, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Strikes my heart to do good always in God’s glory. So love the story. God bless!

  • Happy March 26, 2012, 9:15 am

    I love this story and I have learned that if you do good to other, the same will come to you.

  • Andrew C. March 24, 2012, 11:10 pm

    Now that story motivated me to keep pressing on.

  • Andrew C. March 24, 2012, 11:08 pm

    Do good and good will follow you. Whenever you put God first, you can get what’s in the hand of God. Great story; It is stories like this that excites God.

  • Joseph March 24, 2012, 2:06 am

    That is really touching. Want to be like this.

  • Obe Olasunkanmi March 23, 2012, 10:59 pm

    This is such a story full of God messages. Looking forward to read more and be a blessing to others too.

  • Liza Lopez March 22, 2012, 10:57 pm

    I am deeply touched by this story. Thank you!

  • Samuel Ekpa March 21, 2012, 9:24 am

    True life story.

  • Arti March 21, 2012, 5:27 am

    So lovely 🙂

  • Virginia March 17, 2012, 10:24 am

    How I wish some people would be kind to everyone. Lovely and so true.

  • Jonah March 15, 2012, 7:16 am

    If only we kept others first…. the gains can never be estimated

  • Dominique March 14, 2012, 4:41 am

    Lending a helping hand witout wanting to be paid, is like walking on thorns unnoticed but at the end lies a beautiful flower. Nice one.

  • Maimoon March 13, 2012, 7:39 pm

    This story touched my heart. If more people could do kind things not for reward, the world would be nicer.

  • Arthur Nnanna March 10, 2012, 7:01 am

    Hmmm…speechless. What goes around truly comes around.

  • Ferdy March 9, 2012, 3:25 pm

    It is good to be good. This piece comes a long way to confirm the law of sowing and reaping. So friends always do good that good may come back to you. Thank you and keep it up.

  • Eby March 9, 2012, 10:39 am

    So touching.

  • Richard March 9, 2012, 4:35 am

    Either directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, God will continue to pay us back ‘what we do in his name’.

  • Aliyu Suntai March 9, 2012, 3:23 am

    Very inspiring story….so many lessons derived from this story.

  • Bash Sambo March 8, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Interesting story, my people keep on doing the same, only God will reward u what u gave.

  • Isa Stephen March 8, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Our good deed or wickedness is what we will reap in dis life b4 we die.

  • Dave March 1, 2012, 10:31 pm

    omg I love it…

  • Abdul Bello March 1, 2012, 5:16 am

    Always try to give life what it requires of you, let it gives u what u don’t want… Never give up being affable !

  • Nwaeze Iheoma February 28, 2012, 12:19 pm


  • God help us February 27, 2012, 5:55 pm

    oh wat wandrous love sent 4rm above to this evil world cheers

  • Armstrong Bakam February 27, 2012, 6:37 am

    This story is very touchy. I have really been touched and I will ensure that I pass this same message across. KEEP IT UP! Really true: what goes around comes around. I wish everybody will know this truth, it will help stop all the violence in the world especially in Northern Nigeria where I come from.

  • Carol February 26, 2012, 4:33 pm

    Wish that love chain could go on and on surely will make a better world!!

  • Andrew Nwakelu February 20, 2012, 6:57 pm

    Intriguing as it is fascInating. Bryan Anderson ended up ‘ think of me’ do we think of God when relating and dealing with others? This piece is a paradigm. Thumbs up.

  • Patricia February 13, 2012, 3:29 pm

    This story is so great!!! It really touched my heart.. thanks!!

  • Hayourdaylay February 9, 2012, 4:54 pm

    This is a nice story… that ease my day.

  • Akorveli February 6, 2012, 3:23 am

    Wow. It is actually good to be good. Nice one

  • Evelyn February 1, 2012, 4:39 am

    So inspiring, I won’t stop showing love.

  • Amar January 31, 2012, 5:58 pm

    What a wonderful story. I’ve gained alot.

  • Jovita Onyinye January 31, 2012, 1:37 pm

    Shaddy u’re always a darling I know u can do d same keep it up, luv u ok?

  • Oladiti Samuel January 31, 2012, 4:21 am

    Yes, what goes round will surely come around. The story only emphasizes the importance of kindness to people so that as an adage go ”one good turn deserves another” May we continue to do good to others, so that the same we can get when in need as well.

  • Sweeny January 30, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Quite touching.

  • Nosy Ude January 30, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Very heart warning. I wish I can have Anderson’s kind of heart:give even when I don’t have.

  • Amaechina Obiora January 30, 2012, 11:59 am

    What a loving story, thanks to Stephen & all involved, for souls had been touched…

  • Doc P. January 30, 2012, 10:54 am

    Indeed. What goes around comes around. Great story, great lesson. It’s good to be good because it pays to be good. Our moral and educative story tellers, keep the fire burning. God bless you all.

  • Akorveli January 30, 2012, 7:29 am

    The story was awesome and i was inspired. Nice work. A great moral…. Do much of what u can in ur little capacity.

  • Ruth January 29, 2012, 7:43 am

    I love the story. Thanks to Stephen & all involved n touching our lives with this beautiful story.

  • Adelore Kehinde January 29, 2012, 3:00 am

    This is a great lesson & also a confirmation of God’s word which says- There is a season to sow and a season to reap.

    Good job, keep it up.

  • Chidinma January 28, 2012, 4:31 am

    This is a good story with lots of lessons to learn.

  • Chidinma January 28, 2012, 4:29 am

    God is Love

  • Mary Ogedengbebe January 28, 2012, 4:25 am

    Wow Wonderful story! It’s always good to be kind.

  • Jacob John January 27, 2012, 2:13 pm

    What a wonderful story, sure what goes around comes around.

  • Stanley January 27, 2012, 12:20 pm

    My brother, sister, mom, dad, please everybody let’s learn how to be good to others. I LOVE THIS STORY.

  • Ljy January 26, 2012, 4:41 pm

    That was great… I was inspired.

  • Oluwasanmi January 26, 2012, 12:15 pm

    It’s indeed wonderful to know there are still people out there who know understand how life works. Great job! I love it.

  • Isaac. A January 26, 2012, 12:13 pm

    What a story! I love it.

  • Godwin Tommy January 26, 2012, 11:59 am

    What can I say, they have said it all. It was such a great story.

  • Joy Ohams January 26, 2012, 11:42 am

    I have never been touched this way in my whole life. What a story!

  • Haleema January 26, 2012, 11:37 am

    It is a really touching story.

  • Amaka Mary January 26, 2012, 10:35 am

    It has been long I read a story like dis…. what i learned from dis is….be a Blessing to sum body bcos whatever u do, God will surely pay u back through another way whether gud or bad……I LUV DIS STORY.

  • Bright Olomu January 26, 2012, 8:31 am

    This is so true, what goes around most definitely comes around. Great story.

  • Dabee January 26, 2012, 7:04 am

    After the tears all I can say is love still remains the greatest… so touching.

  • Franca Alaegbu January 26, 2012, 6:53 am

    Too good to be a story. I luv it

  • Chime Steven January 26, 2012, 6:25 am

    It’s good to be generous in life! So let’s move ahead in doing good to others, so that others will do the same to us.

  • Cosy January 26, 2012, 2:02 am

    This is beautiful……a very big lesson to the world. Indeed what goes around comes around.

  • Nago Namasodo January 25, 2012, 5:53 pm

    Very interesting story, I’ve learned and will also live to remember.

  • Jessy January 25, 2012, 2:04 pm

    My dear, your story is touching.

  • Shamaki Peace N. January 25, 2012, 11:51 am

    You left me spell-bound by this amazing, well articulated, heart touching story. This love chain won’t break here, I have to pass it on. Thumbs up.

  • Adaugo Pearl January 25, 2012, 3:39 am

    Wow, such a heart warming story, I have made a stronger resolution to do good to others, kudos n more of it.

  • Maureen January 25, 2012, 2:21 am

    This is very inspiring and educative. God please help us to always show love anywhere, anytime and anyhow.

  • Yahaya Tijjani Arsenal January 24, 2012, 5:47 pm

    What a story, nice one, i really enjoy bravo guys.

  • Elijah January 24, 2012, 3:03 pm

    A very very beautiful story

  • Ikenna January 24, 2012, 10:42 am

    This is quite a touching story. One good turn deserves another

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