The Ten Dollar Challenge

Ten dollars may not seem like a huge amount of money but it can change a life, even here in the USA.

When we think about changing lives, we think of permanent solutions, like providing clean water to a village in Africa or building a family a new home but life change can happen through the smallest acts which give a huge emotional lift.

A Surprise Gift

A couple of months ago I received an email from PayPal out of the blue, the subject of which read: You’ve got funds!

What? From whom? and how much?

Turns out it was ten dollars sent to me by a wonderful internet friend. No explanation, no warning, just ten dollars given out of love and kindness.

Ten dollars can’t change my world.

  • Most days we feed eight people at dinner time and ten dollars would barely cover the cost of the food and drinks.
  • Ten dollars wouldn’t even pay for one day’s worth of electricity in my house
  • Ten dollars pays for gas in the car for less than three days.
  • I’m not going to even try to calculate the percentage of my monthly mortgage it pays but it would only pay for us to live in this house for a few hours.

Physically, ten dollars doesn’t help us very much at all it just got lost in a sea of bill payments… but psychologically, that ten dollars gave me a lift that no mere words or platitudes could ever give.

Keeping Me On Track

That ten dollars told me I was appreciated and loved, it literally meant that someone was willing to put their money where their mouth is and send me a gift. The size of the gift was irrelevant. It was the heart behind the gift that made all of the difference for me.

That gift kept me on the right track. It kept me looking ahead and moving forward, it reminded me that I don’t know the future, but there is One who does and he is holding me securely.

Not long ago it became my turn.

Pass it on

I was reading the blog of a woman who I greatly admire for her and her husband’s willingness to trust God with their finances and their seemingly insatiable generosity while doing so. As I was reading about what she was doing to serve others, I heard that still, small voice deep down in my soul saying “It’s time to pass the ten dollars on.”

When I heard that, I didn’t hesitate to track down their email address and send them ten dollars through PayPal. I knew what it had done for me and was anxious to do the same for them.

I don’t know what effect that gift had on them and I might never know, but I do that sending it was absolutely the right thing to do – and I’m more than satisfied with that.

Billy’s Challenge

Billy Coffey is challenging us all to give ten dollars as a pure, unsolicited act of kindness whether it’s to a friend or a total stranger.

See the challenge here and then visit his blog carnival to read other people’s experiences and get involved yourself.

You don’t have to have a blog to get involved, but if you do it would be great if you could share your experience to challenge and encourage others to join in!

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

21 thoughts on “The Ten Dollar Challenge”

  1. Great story, Peter. I love the way giving inspires giving. Ripples creating ripples, spreading only God knows where. I had my ten-dollar opportunity Thursday evening. I haven't written the story yet, but when I do, I'll add my link. Thanks for sharing. These stories make me so happy!

    1. Peter_P says:

      Thanks, Jeanne.

      I'm looking forward to reading your story!

  2. nAncY says:

    you are always passing good things on to others.

    1. Peter_P says:

      You're so sweet, nAncY!

  3. L.L. Barkat says:

    I'll be looking for my opportunity. 🙂 Or maybe it will be looking for me…

    1. Peter_P says:

      Whenever I see your name, I always picture L.L. Cool J. It's quite amusing to me 🙂

      You're right, your opportunity will be looking for you. Your job is simply to keep your eyes open, recognize it and act when it comes!

  4. @katdish says:

    Okay, I wasn't going to mention the LL Cool J thing, but since you brought it up, I totally do that too. That's so cool Peter. I love how you passed the ten dollars on. You're right – it's not going to rescue anyone from financial crisis, but it certainly will lift someone's spirits.

    P.S. – Thanks for figuring out the whole blog button thing. And thanks for everything you do. I appreciate you so much, Peter. I truly do.

    1. Peter_P says:

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who pictures LL Cool J!

      Thanks for stopping by… and you're welcome!

  5. @carencarter says:

    This is such a simple and inspiring way to spread some joy at a time of year when families will be feeling extra financial pressure, Peter. I've made a mental note to do this as soon as an opportunity presents itself. I got a small tax rebate this year…the tax man has shown me some unexpected love and I wil pay it forward 😀

    1. Peter_P says:

      I love it when the tax man decides to give unexpected gifts!

      You'll be amazed at the opportunities you have to spread real happiness even with just ten pounds!

      Let us know how it goes!

  6. Billy Coffey says:

    That’s so great, Peter. Love how you so willingly gave yourself to that act. I’m sure that small amount means so much more to them. To God, too.

    1. Peter_P says:

      Thanks, Billy.

      Small amounts can mean BIG encouragement!

  7. janetober says:

    Love this story!
    Great motivation to bless others surprisingly this season!

  8. Inspiring story. And you’ve touched on the heart of true giving — to do it because you know it matters, even when you won’t necessarily see the result.

    You’re a blessing.

    1. Peter_P says:

      Thanks, Jennifer. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and to comment!

  9. Peter_P says:

    Thanks, Lindsey.

    I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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