Published: Jul 31, 2014 5:22 PM EDT

LUBBOCK, Tx.- One man's story of generosity is inspiring people around the country to give back and pay it forward.

Adolf Peters decided that on his 38th birthday, he'd rather give than receive.

"They thought I was crazy," said Peters. "They said, 'Why would you do that?'"

Peters stood on the corner of the South Loop and University, giving away money.

His sign said, "I have a job, and a car, and a home. Do you need a few bucks for some coffee?"

"You know, it is really odd to have someone come up to you and give you money," said Peters. "It's just not the norm."

Some people don't take Peters' money, and some people do.

"Are people reluctant at all? Yes. Why? I think it is from the other folks who actually ask for money. They are afraid," said Peters.

And others think Peters is homeless, but he isn't. He has a great job, a nice car and a supportive family.

His wife, Tiffany, is OK with him giving away money.

"Absolutely. If it is what God is asking him to do, what more can you ask for," said Tiffany Peters.

In fact, she said she's proud of him.

"How many guys get out there and do that, you know? How many guys listen to what God has been putting on their heart? I'm real lucky," said Tiffany.

Peters wouldn't tell the media how much money he started off with. He said it doesn't matter. What does matter to him, is the kidness he saw while standing on that corner.

Instead of taking money, many people handed him cash and asked him to pass it on.

"I want people to know that there are still good people out there left in the world, and if everyone would just do one thing a day, open a door for them, clean off their table at a restaurant for them, just one simple act...imagine how that would multiply," asked Peters.

It wasn't your typical birthday party, but with a wad of cash and that bright orange sign, it was a party the drivers will never forget.

The good deeds didn't stop there for Peters. He also took donuts to his church, flowers to the nurses at the hospital and helped folks wash their cars at the car wash.