A former radio boss used to tell me, “Logan, don’t just do your best. Do what is required.” That’s just another way of saying, “go the extra mile when you need to.” Do you ever finish a job, whatever it is, and then think to yourself that you need to do more? That’s going the extra mile. Do you ever do something for someone in need, and then realize that they need more than they originally asked? That’s going the extra mile.
Sounds like I’m “going the extra mile” in telling you about the extra mile.
It’s probably because there is so much value and joy in going the extra mile. I came across a little article that show five examples of people “going the extra mile.” According to the article, “when people do more than they have to, and do so with an attitude of generosity, they give of themselves in ways that lift all of humanity. The heart grows tender when we extend ourselves beyond what’s expected. Going the extra mile is a vital ingredient that lifts our mood, allowing hopefulness to rule.”
There are so many ordinary, everyday , unassuming folks who love to bless others without expecting anything in return. Some people call it “making a deposit in your emotional bank account”.
Take a moment to think of all the people in your life each day that you can “go the extra mile” for. If you really tune into the needs of others, you’ll find endless examples. Again, the formula is simple:
Do something nice for someone. THEN, do something ON TOP of that niceness to make it extra special.
Here are some examples:
When you give someone a book, write a note on the inside cover.
When everyone’s funneling through a busy doorway, hold it open for the whole line of people.
When you’re arranging a meal for your friends at your place, invite someone you’ve never had over.
When you’re grocery shopping for your family and find a deal that requires you to buy extra, buy it but give the extra to your neighbor.
When someone asks you to pray for them during the week, pray with them right then too.
These are just a few of the ideas I found HERE
Someone very wise once told me that it’s not a blessing until it’s passed onto someone else. Don’t just keep it for yourself, pass it on. Pay it forward. GO THE EXTRA MILE.
You’ll be glad you did!