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Love in the Checkout Line

  • A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34 WEB

    If you study Jesus in the gospels, His defining characteristics were love, compassion, and grace. He was humble, kind, and He cared for the people. He touched the outcasts and ate with the sinners. He is rich in love. He told us to love one another, and then people would know that we were truly His disciples.

    I once read that patience is not our ability to wait, but our ability to keep a good attitude while we wait. To be slow to anger, loving, gracious, and compassionate, while waiting. I am still working on that as well, so don't feel bad if you fail to measure up, as you are not the only one. When I am waiting in line, I begin to feel like my life-force is draining away. There are so many things that I need to be doing instead.

    Recently we went shopping for juicing supplies at Sam's Club during a long fast. When we got to the checkout lines, the one on the right had two people in it. One of the men there was buying for a restaurant and had a long commercial flat cart with supplies stacked up about three feet high, at least 75 items, and then there was a cart in front of him, and another cart joined behind him.

    The other checkout line had one little lady with three items, so we chose that one and got behind her. Big mistake! By the time we got to the cash register, the restauranteur had completed his purchase, parked his cart, went over and got a hotdog and sat down to eat. The next people in his line had gone through as well. The conversation in our line went something like this:

    Cashier: 'You could save 5 percent if you sign up for our credit card.'

    Lady: 'Oh yes, I have been meaning to get one of those.'

    Cashier: 'Great! Then fill out this form.'

    Lady: 'Ok. Do you have a pen?'

    (Slowly scratches on the paper for a while with a pen.)

    Cashier: 'I see that your membership is going to expire in three months, would you like us to go ahead and renew it?'

    Lady: 'Oh yes, I almost forgot about that. Let's renew it.'

    Cashier: 'We offer an extended warranty on that toaster for $4.99. Would you like to add that on as well?'

    Lady: 'I guess it is better to be safe than sorry.'

    (At this point she turned and smiled at us.)

    Cashier: 'Excellent, just fill out this registration card for me.'

    By the end, it took so long that I was struggling to not laugh out loud at the absurdity. We had clearly been chosen for a test. I tried hard to bite my tongue and laugh it off, really hard. I could feel something inside me screaming, but as I refused to react, it slowly died.

    So if you have to stand in a checkout line today, and the cashier is completely incompetent, and the people are digging through their purse for coupons, and that line has not moved in thirty minutes: Try to smile, be kind, be rich in love, and be glad that you are not the one that all of those angry people are looking at. Though I must say this is difficult.

    As a Child of the King, you are carrying the Lord's name with you, wherever you go. People watch you, and your actions speak much louder than your words. Try to live a life that gives glory to God and does not bring disgrace on His family. Do not give His enemies a chance to blaspheme His name as David did (2 Samuel 12:14). Remember that what you feed in your life will grow, and what you starve will die.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for loving me and ask that You help me love others as well. Help me see the big picture. Walk with me today and help me make the right decisions. Put a guard over my mouth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is "Thankful Thursday" at our "Ladies in Distress" group! All group members are welcome and invited to post something, whether big or small, that you are grateful for! This group is private, so if you are not a member and are having trouble joining, just post on the website somewhere and we will get you set up :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress group


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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

November 15, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

November 15, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen and amen. Lol

November 15, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Yes those checkout lines can be a test alright! I try to do the same Pastor Dion, although as you said it isnt always very easy ;)

November 15, 2018
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Kerryann Ivey
Kerryann Ivey

OMG... Reading this made me laugh out loud and I really needed that laugh:-) 

November 15, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Heavenly Father, please help us as we make the hard choices. 

November 15, 2018
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Perfect timing. Thank you.

November 15, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen.

November 15, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you so much! Amen!

November 15, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

November 15, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

November 15, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God! For I can relate

November 15, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord!

November 15, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God,please guide us through this wonderful day.Keep us in tune with your glory and love.Please help us with patience.Amen

November 15, 2018
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Christine Scalise
Christine Scalise

Thank you and amen.

November 15, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Anen

November 15, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Father help me to have more patience, Amen.

November 15, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You for all You do for me, help me to restrain myself in wrong situations. Lead me to understand others by showing Your presence in me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Gone through that, thank you Pastor for this message. 

November 15, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

November 15, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: November 15, 2018

Amen and Amen!!!

"Actions speak louder than words" - so very true! What a perfect example! How many times have I failed the test, standing in line after an extremely exhausting day, mumbling to myself, mustering a mean look, etc., instead of displaying "patience"! The word says, "by their works (actions) you shall know them" - sorry for just paraphrasing! I really needed this today! I'm a work in progress ... Thank you Pastor Dion!!!

 

November 15, 2018
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

I agree this is a difficult situation. I too have a difficult time with patience in a long line waiting for price checks, 100 coupons etc but we do need to remember that we still need to be kind and this is a way for God to help us learn patience. Every time I face a situation like this, I tell myself that God is teaching me patience that I am praying to have. Thanks Pastor Dion!

November 15, 2018
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Mary  Ann
Mary Ann

AMEN

November 21, 2018
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

November 15, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen

November 16, 2018
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen waiting is hard at times but I see it like this. God waits for us to get it right when we stray away from him and he dies it with his unconditional live so we too ought to wait in love...

November 17, 2018
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS  WAIT FOR OLDER PEOPLE, DON'T FORGET YOU WILL BE OLD SOMEDAY YOURSELF.

THAT'S BEAUTIFUL

November 17, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is true, Sandra <3!

November 21, 2018
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Mary  Ann
Mary Ann

Oh,yes,even there abd had to do the sane thing,'ll..it was a very hard lesson t learn ,I prayed for patience, OH,yes,I now HAVE patience, especially n my phone .typing. a message,like this one and misspellings words,or hitting the space bar..OH,yes,PRAY for patience, HEWILL give you the patience YOU need,lol,why the lol? He gives you an abundance.l if patience, slots of times to much. AMEN,my brother, I HAVE.learned. what we ask for,in Jesus. Name,we do receive. AMEN! !!!

November 21, 2018