It’s not all about me.
I get steamrolling ahead and forget this sometimes.
About then I can count on a little reality check, an adjustment that keeps me from getting Weary by Wednesday.
I needed a few boxes for the stuff I was destuffing from my closets. I was on a cleaning mission, and I wanted it done right now.
I was double tasking when I asked the produce manager if they had any boxes in the back.
He went to check, and picked out some strawberries. As I put them in my cart, I watched the manager reappear from the back room chatting on his phone.
He made a quick swoop across the other side of his department and disappeared to the front of the store.
I started to get an attitude. I mean, if he didn’t have any boxes he could just tell me and I could go elsewhere.
Should I put my groceries back?
While I momentarily considered my options, a stockman pushed his way through the swinging rubber doors with two nice apple boxes.
I immediately refocused.
I could wait!
I told him I wasn’t rushing him, while I hovered nearby, and we started to make small talk.
His phone rang and he spoke quietly for a minute. When he pressed the end button, he told me it was his manager, whose child was very sick with a high fever and hives.
The same manager who just ignored me.
The same manager I was forming a nasty attitude towards.
Life is not all about me.
People have problems.
People have stuff to deal with.
I may not be the most important item on their agenda at the moment I think I should be.
I need to show grace, even when… especially when…I don’t know what’s going on.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)
How about you? Have you experienced a “not about me” moment lately? I’d love to hear about it.
Thanks for sharing your Wednesday with me.