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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 13:34'35 WEB.

    If you study Jesus in the gospels, His defining characteristics are love, compassion, grace, and wisdom. He was humble, kind, and He cared for the people. He touched the outcasts, and He ate with the sinners. He is rich in love. He told us to love one another, and by this, people would know that we are 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. Don't feel bad if you fail the patience test, for you are not the only one. I am still working on that one as well. When I am waiting in line, I feel like my life force is draining away. There are so many things that I need to be doing instead of waiting.

    One day we went shopping for supplies at Sam's Club during a long juice fast. Now fasting brings pressure that causes hidden things in you to come to the surface like a zit. When we got to the checkout lines, the one on the right had two people. One of the men there was buying for a restaurant, and he had a long commercial flat cart with supplies stacked up about three feet high, at least 75 items. Then there was a cart in front of him, and another joined behind him.

    The other checkout line had one elderly 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 to get a hotdog, and sat down to eat it. The next person in his line had already 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 the pen.)

    Cashier: "I see that your membership will expire in six 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."

    (More slow scratching on the paper')

    By the end, it took so long that I was struggling not to laugh out loud at the absurdity of the wait. We could have gone to another store, shopped, and been checked out faster than people remaining in that line. 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, and then the peace of God came.

    So if you have to stand in a checkout line today, and the cashier is completely incompetent, and the people are digging through their purses for coupons, and that line hasn't 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. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    As a child of the King, you carry the Lord's name with you wherever you go. People watch you, and your actions speak much louder than your words. So try to live a life that gives glory to God and doesn't bring disgrace on His family. Don't 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. Please help me love others as You love me. 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. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

Feb 3
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen!

Feb 3
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Keep a guard over my mouth and actions, let your light shine through me. Thank you Lord, Amen!

Feb 3
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Patience is a virtue, they say. I pray for patience daily. Amen!

Feb 3
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Feb 3
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Feb 3
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Feb 3
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes! I pray this Father, Amen.

Feb 3
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Your illustration brought a smile from shared experiences, Pastor Dion! God keeps refining us through this lesson. Lord, guard my thoughts and words. Help me make the right decisions. Thank you. Amen

Feb 3
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Feb 3
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father, I thank You for loving me. Please help me love others as You love me. 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. Amen!

Feb 3
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Heavenly Father, I thank You for loving me. Please help me love others as You love me. 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. Amen

 

Thank you for this devotion today. I can totally identify with this. It is sometimes hard to wait in ridiculously long lines and listening to the silly questions the people are asking and are so oblivious to the people that are waiting in line behind them and how long they are taking.

Feb 3
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

I absolutely loved this devotional!  Pastor Dion you made me laugh out loud!  I will think of you whenever I am waiting in a line, and instead of getting mad, I will probably have a smile on my face. Thank you!

Feb 3
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

Feb 3
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Feb 3
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! "And the greatest of them is LOVE" - dear Lord, there is no greater love than YOUR's, may I overflow with love as I reaach out to each and everyone!

Feb 3
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Shara Abel
Shara Abel

"your actions speak much louder than your words." "Remember that what you feed in your life will grow, and what you starve will die." Words I've heard before and needed to hear again.  Thank you Pastor.  

Feb 4