Medical bills were mounting. Kids needed glasses, cars needed repairs, and the dog needed surgery. On top of that, Christmas was almost upon us so presents needed to be purchased.
But all of that was forgotten when he overheard the tire salesman warn her she was in dire need of all new tires, as each one was completely bald. She was a young mom with kids in tow who told the salesman she simply didn’t have the money to replace more than one tire on her car. It was a dark and snowy night and my husband, Brian was waiting in our local tire shop to have his six truck tires replaced.
He saw a need that he could do something about, no matter the sacrifice it would require. You see, this man lives by the motto, “see a need, fill a need.” So Brian did what he does best. He gave what he had. My husband told the salesman that he would like to pay for a tire to be installed, opposite of the one tire this woman was able to purchase. Brian knew that even though it was just a start, this family would be much safer driving the icy roads with a balanced set of two new tires than they would with just one new tire.
The salesman was so taken aback that my husband wanted to buy a tire for a complete stranger that he immediately choked up. Eyes brimming with tears, he said that he’d never seen anything like it in his entire nine year tenure in the business.
My husband is a naturally humble, generous man who feels rewarded in the giving, not in the receiving in life. So imagine his unexpected surprise, when he later discovered the salesman had returned the entire amount spent on the extra tire to his bill! Rather than the seven tires my husband bought, the salesman only charged him for six.
The simple act of one man making the decision to share what he had, rather than worrying about what he would go without, changed things that night.
My husband’s choice changed things for the mom who felt a little safer driving her children home through the dark, icy streets.
His example changed things for the tire salesman who was so encouraged by complete strangers taking care of each other that he was inspired to quietly pay it forward on my husband’s bill.
His influence changed things for our children, who overheard the recounting of events from husband to wife upon his arrival back home.
His choice changed things for me to know that the lives of other people were impacted, all because of one small step of faith.
Find this essay syndicated on The Huffington Post here: See a Need, Fill a Need and The Mighty here: When My Husband Made A Tire Salesman Cry
Wow! What a story. It’s so important for all of us to be aware of those in need all around us and step up, just like your husband did, when we notice something we can do to help!
Sooooo true Rachel!
What a wonderful example your husband is!
He definitely inspired alot of people 🙂
Wow! I love this story. God is so faithful to those who are generous!
Yes! What an encouragement and a joy to reflect on that <3
What a beautiful story!!! I really love that motto… I’ll have stash that one in the bank!
Aww thanks for letting me know that – I love it too! 🙂
What a great story! It’s inspiring me to find a similar way to give to someone else this season, even if it’s just paying for the person behind me in the drive through or helping someone carry their grocery bags up the stairs. Small acts of kindness really can change someone’s day.
Awesome! Thank you for sharing that you were inspired – that is exactly why I shared this story – and so, so true what the smallest acts of kindness can do!
This put tears in MY ears. Wow. What a beautiful story. What a wonderful gift.
Thank you so much for your comment – that warmed my heart!
What a lovely and inspirational post! I commend your husband for being so admirable and generous. More people need to be like him nowadays.
Thank you Jessica!
What a great story! Your husband’s generosity blessed not only that woman and her children but the manager at the store…..Thanks for sharing…glad I linked up behind you at Holley’s blog 🙂
Awe Dolly thank you so much for that encouragement!
Sybil, Dolly shared your post on Facebook, and I am so grateful she did. Bless you and your husband and the beauty you show through the surrendered lives you live!
Thank you so very much for taking the time to let me know that! Blessings to you Jennifer!
Aw Sybil – just what I needed to read. 🙂