Joy might be the most important ingredient for an abundant life in Christ, yet it’s the one we lose most easily. I should know. I lost mine at the mini-mart last Thursday.
I’d hoped to make a lightning-quick convenience store run to pick up a few items I needed. As I zoomed my cart up to the check out, the woman in front of me was just paying for her order. “Perfect,” I thought. “I’ll be out of here in no time.”
However, the lady then asked for cigarettes. She got out a bank card to pay for them, but the machine wouldn’t take it. The checker proceeded to just wait. Five minutes turned into fifteen as he kept trying her card. Only one register was working, so other customers lined up behind me.
I’d love to say I stayed calm and kept smiling, but instead I started fuming. I let thoughts like these occupy my mind: Why doesn’t he wait on the rest of us before trying her card again? Why don’t they open another register?
Ten minutes later, I huffed out of the mini-mart. I’d left my joy behind somewhere between the candy and the batteries at the check-out line. [Read more…]