One of our locations was recently the site of a dream come true through Make a Wish Foundation. The young girl had requested a shopping spree in Sioux Falls and then wanted to eat at her favorite restaurant – Pizza Ranch! The Sioux Falls West 41st Street location gave her and her family free buffets and FunZone game cards. The team members at the Pizza Ranch loved having this special girl and her family with them and mentioned what a great family they are. What a special evening for everyone involved and who helped to make her dream come true!
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’… “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
All around us, each day, are opportunities to do good deed. Last week many states were impacted by a large storm. The morning afterward, there were neighbors with tractors who offered to help shove others’ driveways and sidewalks. This takes just a few minutes with a tractor and saves nearly an hour’s worth of time for people who may have a difficult time with shoving snow.
Look for an opportunity this week to do a good deed for someone who may be having a difficult time; it will bless both of you!
God has a special plan for each of us, but sometimes following His plan asks us to step outside of our comfort zone. In Genesis 12, God asks Abram to leave his country, people and his father’s household for something better – for the Promised Land. Abram only half-listens to God and brings along his father and nephew. They also made an unexpected stop in a town that felt like home, but was only halfway to the Promised Land. While Abram likely had good intentions, this “comfortable” disobedience took him on a detour and Abram lost out on time in the Promised Land. Eventually Abram remembers God’s calling and finally arrives in the Promised Land.
Like Abram, we can easily get sidetracked from God’s plan. We may choose our comfort over God’s calling. But, we miss out when we do this and settle for less than our Promised Land that God has waiting for us. Sometimes we just need to move in faith and give God the chance to show Himself faithful.
Last week I was in a Pizza Ranch and saw a new way of doing a Community Impact Night. This “reverse Community Impact Night” was put on by a local organization who wanted to celebrate 3 individuals/groups that have made a positive impact in their communities. The people were given an award during a short program, and the amount raised through tips and sales were split between the 3.
Do you have individuals in your community that are making a big difference in your community? Consider giving them some encouragement through an event like this!
I like word pictures, and this is a pretty vivid one.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6)
Tonight, much of the world will be focused on the state of Iowa, home to many Pizza Ranches. With the Iowa Caucuses being the first step of the political season, today’s mission is to say a prayer that God’s hand is in the election process, and that he will bless these wonderful United States of America with safety and wisdom in this important election year.