Today was one of those wonderful days when I leisurely did my errands all by myself. I had made my rounds and was at the last store...Wal Mart for just a few things. By then, I was a bit anxious to get home and was walking towards the entrance of the store. There was a procession of three of us. First was a couple of sweet, s l o w, older ladies. Instead of rushing by them, I stayed behind them, then there was a couple behind me. As we entered the door, I went to go around the sweet grandmas to check in my return to the store greeter. Would you believe that the couple behind me swung right around in front of me and went to MY store clerk to show their returns! Cut right in front of me! As I was waiting for them, I kept trying to make eye contact with the woman who cut in front of me to give her "the look". You know...the look that says "excuse me, I was ahead of you...and you JUMPED right in front of me" Do you know "the look"?
Well, she finally looked my way, and guess what???? She was a lady I had years ago gone to church with!!! Oh MY! As I softened my "look" and answered her polite greeting, my heart kind of melted.
You have heard all of the Christian sayings, "you are the only Bible some people read" and how people see our actions more than hear our words, etc. Why is it so easy to be nice to people at church and then when we get "bumped" out in public - totally forget our pleasantness?? Definitely an area for me to work on! As I was reflecting on my bad behavior, a Bible verse came to mind, one that has been on my heart a lot lately. Maybe I had better write it down!
"Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another and forgiving one another...but above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection." Colossians 3:12-15