Connect by Being Considerate
“You must make allowances for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember God forgave you so you must forgive others” (Colossians 3:13 NLT).
RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad – Back during the Christmas holidays Lacy and I were watching the news. In several places people were crushed to death or badly injured when doors were opened for business on big sale days. The footage we watched showed people getting knocked down, and then no one taking the time to help them up as they ran by them, or worse, stepped over them. The humanity seemed to be replaced with some ugly, something totally self-absorbed.
I guess that’s why I don’t like to shop on those kind of days. It would be so hard to stay kind and considerate when everyone around you is cutting in front of you, and grabbing the red widget you were reaching for because its on sale for the next 30 minutes. Black Friday, and some of the other special sale days have turned out to be the antithesis of what our Christmas season symbolizes. I guess that is why so many comedies are filmed about the Christmas season.
Lacy and I are an anomaly when it comes to shopping. We might head out to shop for something. On the way we probably are going to grab a coffee at Dunkin Donuts, or maybe first munch on some nuggets at Chick-Fil-A. Eventually, (sometimes hours later) we reach our shopping destination. We stroll in and casually look around until we find what we are looking for. We do try to be good stewards, so we will look for the best price.
Lacy has made it her thing to always compliment the person checking us out. Sometimes depending on where we are, especially if its a discount store, and its late in the day after people have been working for 8 hours on their feet checking rude customers out, it can be a real challenge to have something nice to say to them. But Lacy always can find something to say. She might like the ear rings, or their bracelet, or their glasses they are wearing. And when she does compliment them, almost inevitably they stop what they are doing, look up at her, smile, and say thank you. The first time I saw her do it, I asked her afterwards, “did you really like those hideous ear rings?!?” Lacy looked at me with that “you silly boy” look. She said “Not really, I just wanted to be nice to her.”
WOW! What would Black Friday look like if more people had that mindset? After seeing the expressions of the people Lacy’s kind to, it’s convicted me to be more like her.
Now that I think about it, I wonder what it would be like to go shopping with Jesus? I bet He would still be at the Dunkin Donuts, sipping on some coffee, and hanging out with whomever sat down with Him….
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV)