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Every Monday, K-Love radio station promotes “MAD,” or, “Make-A-Difference” Monday. Listeners are encouraged to try to make a difference in someone’s life, preferably a stranger or someone in need. They are then encouraged to call in or write to the station to share their experience.

I took the challenge, but my results were not exactly what the radio hosts would have wanted. A few people may have ended up more embarrassed that anything.

Rarely do I go to Starbucks, which I’ve renamed “SevenBux” because I find it impossible to drive away spending any less than seven dollars. In the Western United States, there are SevenBux stores on every corner. In grocery stores, near gas stations, after miles of desolate desert, there won’t be a gas station, but a SevenBux.

Where we live, they aren’t that predominant. There’s one outside of the mall closest to our house, and there’s one IN the mall. (Someone tell the company that “location, location, location” is not just a real estate term.)

One MAD Monday morning I decided to get SevenBux, and that I would make a difference by paying for the car behind me. I ordered a tall macchiato (non-fat, extra whip) and a scone, and told the cashier I’d be paying for the car behind me. After all, it was one woman in the car. How much coffee could one woman order?

As I pulled up to pay for my macchiato, I reminded the cashier (who already forgot, because she was busy texting her boyfriend) that I was paying for the car behind me. She said that my order was eight dollars and something (CRINGE) and that the car behind me ordered 24 dollars worth. Are you kidding me? I laughed, and thought how horribly wrong this MAD experience was going, and I told the cashier that I’d put five dollars toward the order behind me. I joked nervously, that she must have been buying for the office, and that’s why it was so expensive.

I drove away shaking my head. I sure hope she was ordering for her coworkers, or else she really needs to invest in a Keurig (my best friend).

I’m going to try again tomorrow, but I won’t be going to SevenBux, and I sure as heck wouldn’t be paying for the person behind me.

Have you thought lately about what you can do to make a difference in someone’s life? It doesn’t have to be something with money. Think about it, and try to make a difference.

Good luck!
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