This week while shopping for groceries in a busy store filled with after-Labor-Day customers, I noticed a tall, thin, elderly man with nothing in his basket except a dozen eggs, a gallon of milk, and a loaf of bread.
Lines were long and the noise deafening as most shoppers pushed carts overflowing with their purchases. Many were there with monthly paychecks waiting to be spent.
As I pulled into the line behind the gentleman, the woman ahead of him offered to let him ahead of her in line. Like mine, her cart was full.
At first he refused, obviously taught that ladies go first. But at her insistence he agreed and pushed his three items on the conveyor belt. She looked at me and winked. I mouthed a “thank you” to her for the kindness she had displayed.
With all the turmoil that seems to besiege us these days, it’s often difficult to remember any good left in the world. But God in His wisdom, likes to remind us of the bits of sunshine peeking through the darkness as we walk each day with Him. This incident reaffirmed my belief in the goodness that still exists in humanity, that there are indeed caring individuals who have more on their minds than themselves.
In God’s word, Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30-31: “ ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ “This is the first commandment. And the second, like it is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Good words for all of us to follow. Think what a better world this would be if we did.