It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind

I was in the “20 items or less” lane at a busy grocery store last week. A few customers ahead of me was a young woman with two small kids. One was a crying infant. The other was a curious two-year old who wanted to be anywhere but in that store. I could tell that it had been a long day for the mom.

She was doing her best to empty her items on the checkout counter…balancing one child on her shoulder and verbally coaxing the other to stay close by. Suddenly, the customer immediately behind her snapped and said: “you’ve got 22 items.”

The mother responded with, “I’m sorry…what did you say?”

“I said, you’ve got 22 items in your cart. The sign clearly says 20 items or less,” she hissed.

The mother was truly embarrassed and crushed. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t know,” she replied.

It broke her spirit. I saw tears well up in that mother’s eyes as she hurriedly paid her bill and exited the store.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

I was stunned with what I had witnessed. The angry words and a hateful tone lingered in the air for minutes after the incident.

I prayed for that mom and her two kids. I also prayed for the angry woman in line with us.

And it served as a powerful reminder to me.

Attitude is everything.

We cannot control what situations life throws at us, but we can control our response.

And kindness doesn’t cost a thing.

My prayer this week is to be more forgiving. I want to be more loving and compassionate. I want to be kind.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Please let me know how to pray for you.

God bless.

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5 thoughts on “It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind

  1. jluthiutmedu says:

    Great message. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your prayers. John Luthi

    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  2. KC,

    Good advice for us all. A friend of mine says “You will never regret being kind”. So it is free and fulfilling!

    Hope you are well.

    Chad

  3. jnlreb says:

    Thank you for sharing Keith! We all need to be reminded from time to time in this crazy world what is really important!

  4. patouillet says:

    Great reminder. Really enjoyed being with Carson the other day @ Dinner with 100 Vols. I appreciated her humble nature. Lee

    Leland (Lee) D. Patouillet, Ph.D.
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Alumni Affairs
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Tyson Alumni House
    1609 Melrose Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37996
    865-974-2425
    Sent from my iPhone

    • Keith Carver the original to the new and vastly improved says:

      I don’t know how you do all you do. But keep up your Good works . I admire you and love you. Your mother And I really made something right, When we and the Lord Made you. Love you Man

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