Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Biblegateway.com): 2 Samuel 14-15; Luke 17:1-19
Wednesday’s: 2 Samuel 16-18; Luke 17:20-37

We have a business entity in Crestview that I frequent.  There are other business entities of the same sort in Crestview, but this one is in closest proximity to my home, so convenience plays a large role in why I choose to shop there.  One thing I’ve learned in almost forty-five years of marriage is that I will never run out of “projects” that require me to patronize the type of business to which I refer.  That, and in my quest to be like Ronnie Smith when I grow up, I am constantly striving to be the handyman that my wife wishes she had married.  Anyway, the other day I found myself going into this particular retail outlet to return something which I had purchased a few days earlier.  Even as I drove to the store, I was hoping that the employee of my nightmares was not at the counter.  As I entered the store, my worst fears were realized.  She was the ONLY person at the counter.  If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you’ll remember the “soup Nazi”.  This particular intimidating female retail sales representative reminds me of that character.  I got into the queue, holding my bag of return items.  When it was my turn to be helped, before I was able to take a step forward, she looked at me with those menacing, piercing eyes and squawked, like the wicked witch of the west, “Do you want to return something?”  It was if she were saying, “Oh great, here’s another idiot who doesn’t know what he’s doing and bought the wrong item.  Now he expects me to fix his mess-up.”  I shuffled my feet, hesitantly, cautiously, up to the counter.  She began to “bark” at me, machine-gun style, question after question.  I cowered – in my mind – over to the corner and melted onto the tile floor.  But in reality, I completed the transaction and escaped from the Nazi’s grip, physically unscathed, emotionally scarred for life.

Let us choose to be kind today.  Let us choose to love and show gentleness.  Let us exercise goodness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Best regards,

Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ