When you feel like you have hit rock bottom, every little aspect of life can feel like it is dragging you further down into the abyss. But occasionally, something can happen that will give you that little boost you need to keep on pushing through towards the goal of climbing back out into the light.
For 22-year-old pizza delivery driver Jeff Louis from Mentor, Ohio, it was delivery to a local church that helped turn things around for him.
Jeff has been struggling with substance abuse for some time, but he has been making a concentrated effort to get clean, and get his life back on track. He has been working as a pizza delivery driver for Gionino’s Pizzeria in order to make a living.
One morning in the beginning of January his work called him early to make a delivery to the Point Life Church. Not one to turn down work, Jeff came in and loaded the pizzas up in his car and headed off to make the drop.
When he got to the church, several members of the congregation came out to the street to meet him, and they made a rather odd request of him. They asked that he take one of the pizzas he had brought, and bring it up to the pastor on the stage. As odd as the request was, Jeff had a job to do, so he did it. He had no idea that it would be such a life changing moment for him.
When he handed pastor Ken Wright the pizza, he was then rewarded with a $100 tip. But it didn't stop there, Wright then invited the members of his congregation to line up and continue with the generosity. When it was all said and done, Jeff had received over $700 as a tip, which blew his mind.
“It’s just truly amazing you know. I’ve been having such a hard time lately, just struggling to stay clean and everything, and I’m just trying to get my life back, and it just really, truly just amazes me that people that don’t even know me just wanted to help me out that much," he said.
Jeff was so moved by the generosity of strangers, that when he got back to his car he recorded a video about the experience. The video has since gone viral.
After news of the situation spread, Cliffside Malibu, a rehabilitation facility in California offered to have Jeff come out and receive treatment for free.
Sometimes all it takes is one moment of support from other people to make all the difference in the life of one person.