“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” Galatians 5:22 NIV
Today, I witnessed a beautiful act of kindness. I was in the checkout line at SAMS, and the line was growing longer and longer. Some of the customers were getting very impatient, and they were complaining loudly. I was in a hurry, too, but I stood there thinking about all the blessings in my life. The associate was helping an elderly gentleman, and she exhibited a calm and peaceful demeanor. Her name was Princess, and she never faltered in her efforts to assist him. When it was my turn to check out, I told her she was truly a Princess and had blessed me with her actions. I, also, said, “God Bless you!”
The people behind me kept making comments about how “he” wasn’t able to deal with the technology, such as cellphones, credit card machine, etc. I overheard one person say, he shouldn’t even be allowed to have a cellphone or credit card. They said he should not be out alone. I thought to myself, “He probably is only a few years older than I am, and he is still trying to be independent.” I began to pray silently that they never had to deal with a situation like I had witnessed.
It made me think about the fact that many of us deal with situations where we have difficulties doing things that seem to be easy for others. With God’s Grace, we all grow older! Many of us face illnesses, hardships, losses, and other difficulties. However, we all are given opportunities to be kind and considerate of others. Most of the time, it takes very little effort to help someone in need.
Before I left the store, I found her supervisor and told her what an impression she had made on me. Then, I filled out one of the comment cards and left it. Many times we are quick to criticize, but we need to be more diligent about giving praise.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV