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.