I believe that every day we have choices to show Christ’s love. Today that opportunity came as I was picking up a few items at our neighborhood grocery store. I approached the checkout stand knowing full well that I had basically five minutes to pick up my daughter from school. Looking at the three person line in front of me, I had to make a choice. Should I go for the express lane knowing that I had too many items, should I ask someone if I could go in front of them, or should I just be late picking up my daughter?
Suddenly, my knight-in-shining-armor came forward and said, “I’m opening another line. Who’s next?”
Trying not to hurt anyone, I quickly made my way over but was a millisecond behind my competition. I begged, “Could I please go first. I am supposed to pick up my daughter from school in five minutes.”
Prepared to give her a huge thanks, my smile quickly turned upside down as she rolled her eyes at me and started to say something rude. I stopped her before she could finish. I said, “Never mind. That’s okay.”
I walked back to my line of three and sulked. The cashier was pretty quick and it was finally my turn to check out. I was putting my groceries on the conveyer when I looked behind me and saw the sweetest old man smiling patiently with a single link of sausage. He was obviously in no hurry, but I had a decision to make. Was I going to be like the extremely selfish lady before (not that I’m bitter or anything) or was I going to be nice and let him go ahead of me? What would Jesus Do (WWJD)?
Okay God, I know that this is an opportunity to show love to others. Of course, I let him go in front. The checker got me out in one minute flat. I ran to my car, threw the groceries in and actually made it to the school while there was still a line of cars picking up. I looked down as I was sitting in my car and noticed I was wearing my church’s t-shirt.
Unknowingly, I was representing everyone at my church with my actions today. I just smiled and knew that God was smiling too.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
– Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)
“Heavenly Father, help me to acknowledge You in every area of my life. I want to exemplify Your goodness in all my actions. Help me specifically in the area of…”