How to Outshine
Every now and then someone comes into my life and mysteriously shines sweet kindness on my day. The cashier at Walmart deserves a benevolence award.
Amy, who has a big heart to please, asked me what she can bring to spruce up my post-op recovery days. My throat, parched from anesthesia paraphernalia, longed for cold, sweet comfort. My bedroom end-table collected water bottles and lozenges but I wanted something fun like a Popsicle or ice-cold fruit bar. Good ole Amy grabbed two boxes of Outshine Fruit Bars in the freezer aisle at Walmart but when she went to pay for them, she realized she left her wallet in the purse she switched out that morning. Embarrassed, she glanced at the cashier and offered to return them to the freezer aisle.
The cashier insisted she keep them. “I will pay for them,” she said. “You can reimburse me the next time you’re in the store.”
Amy returned in record time with cash in hand. She wasn’t about to take advantage of the dear lady plus she had to fetch her driver’s license in that old purse too.
The fruit bars were outstanding. My favorite is raspberry. Every time I opened one, I thought of the generous clerk and asked God to bless her. There’s no way she could have known her decision to waive the cost that day would bring blessings to my sick bed. I thanked God for her gift of discernment. It’s easy to develop a hard heart working with the public. Sometimes it’s easier to lump all customers together and believe they all are shysters who take advantage.
But not this lady!
I like her example. I like the idea of tapping into discernment rather than judging. I wonder if she prayed to be a blessing in someone’s life that day as she drove to work.
I want to be more like her. I want to bless people with my life choices too. I think it’s a good resolution for this coming New Year.