I was checking out at Walmart today and noticed the cashier being a bit rude with the customer before me. When it was my turn the same thing happened and maybe a little worse. She was snapping at me to get my items off of the baggage area and into my cart.
My flesh started to take over and say something, but all of a sudden I had the thought to give her kindness instead.
I started getting my things off and I looked at her and said, “How are you doing today?” She looked at me and replied, “Not good.”
I said, “Can I help you in any way? You seem to be a little preoccupied.” I saw her countenance change.
She said, “My mother is 81 and having surgery tomorrow. I am so worried about her. I can’t think clearly today and I’m short tempered.” She began to tell me of what her mom was going through.
I said, “It’s understandable that your mind and emotions are with your mom.” I told her that maybe God put me in her line to let her know that someone cares. That He especially cares. I told her I would be praying for her and her mom.
In just a minute I could have chosen to do the wrong thing. Lord knows I’m not perfect and don’t always make the right choices but I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit who guides when we choose to listen.
Kelly is a writer, vocalist and actor. She writes monthly for SGN Scoops digital magazine.
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