Scripture: And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
I was already running late when I arrived to pick up the pizza for our fundraiser on Saturday. I had just finished officiating a wedding 40 miles away and was rushing to make it back on time. The line at the pizza counter was super long and once I got closer, I realized why.
There was a frazzled mom, along with her children, checking out RIGHT AT THE PIZZA COUNTER! She didn’t have a handful of items, she had a whole cart! As I stood there fuming, no one else seemed to be bothered, even the cashier was joyful as he rang up her 4,973 items.
I realized then that I was allowing something very small to take over my spirit. Sure, it was inconvenient to have to stand there for an extra five minutes, but the end result was a less- frazzled mom with one less stop to make on her way out of the store.
Doesn’t God treat us with the same joy and patience? Doesn’t He stand by while we figure things out? He doesn’t huff and puff when we take our time! So why couldn’t I offer the frazzled mom the same grace I am given?
My prayer is that I will learn to take a moment to be patient and thankful for ALL things, and to learn how to use our "waiting" time to extend grace to another. This is my life! And every moment, even the aggravated moments of standing at a pizza counter, is sacred.
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