I realized once again how much serving and being aware of those around you really lifts your spirits. Yesterday I had to take some old things to the DI in Layton, UT and I had some other wrapped gifts on the passenger seat. When I handed my bag of stuff over to the young men who were helping to collect, one of them noticed the presents on the seat and jokingly said, “Oh, I thought you were here to give us some Christmas gifts.” I just laughed and thanked him, then immediately thought of how he really does deserve a gift for volunteering to stand out in the cold, doing what is often a thankless job. So, I headed to Walmart across the street. When I entered the parking lot I saw a man on the corner holding a sign asking for “anything that helps”. I dashed quickly in to Walmart, grabbed a couple of giant Twix bars and a package of beef jerky. On my way out the door I tossed some coins into the Salvation Army jar. The homeless man was very grateful as I gave him the jerky. He said he was hungry standing out there in the cold. I could tell he was a very genuine person in need of some blessings. The young men at the DI were also surprised when I gave them the Twix bars. I told them to keep warm and headed home. It’s amazing how one good act, when followed through, can lead to another, and how that warm feeling stays in your heart the rest of the day.