Worship +2: Behind Closed Doors
The woman at the register who got annoyed at you and was very rude, because you asked her a question about an item that was supposed to be on sale, but wasn’t and she had to call someone to go back and check for you.
The guy at the bank who completely cut you off and then yelled at you when you beeped at him, like it was your fault.
The young teenager at the fast food restaurant who completely got your order wrong and then gave you an attitude when you asked if she could please fix it.
These are just a few examples of situations that we are put in that make us question the overall good of people. Sometimes, more recently, there are terrible things that happen that have us questioning people’s humanity. Pastor Jeff talked about the recent incident that happened in Virginia Beach and different ways that we can help when terrible things like this, happen. So it got me thinking, on a smaller scale, how can I help, when I myself feel helpless in these situations. I think the answer is to start right where you are. Be the change in your community that you wish to see in the World!
Do we stop to think that maybe there is a reason why people act the way they do sometimes? It’s happened to me so many times. I get really frustrated at someone who was nasty or rude to me, without taking a different perspective. In fact, something like this just happened to me the other day. I was in line at the checkout counter and all I did was ask a simple question to the women and she was so rude to me about it. I didn't know what I did wrong. As soon as I got to the car, I started complaining to my husband about how rude and nasty she was. As we were pulling out, I had to get out to move one of the shopping carts and I saw the woman walking towards me. I got nervous, but what she said completely shocked me!
She had come out to apologize to me! I could not believe it. She went on to say that she was just having a really bad day and that she didn't mean to take it out on me. What??!!! I wanted to cry and just give her a big hug. I told her that it was okay and not to worry about it. I totally understood how she felt, because I have been there! I have been the one who was having a terrible day and probably cut someone off while driving, or said something nasty to someone, only to feel really bad about it right after. Immediately, I felt terrible for my reaction. I should have been more gracious to her inside the store and asked if she was okay. I said a quick prayer and asked that God would help her day to get better and that whatever she might be going through that God would be with her.
Behind closed doors we have no idea what is going on in the lives of others...
The woman at the register: maybe someone very close to her is in the hospital and is really sick. Maybe she has to pay all the medical bills and can't afford it anymore.
The guy at the bank who cut you off: maybe he is out of work and can't afford to pay his bills anymore and could possibly lose his home.
The young teenager at the restaurant: maybe her parents are going through a divorce right now and all they do is scream and fight and she is caught in the middle.
There are a lot of really bad things happening in the World right now, but maybe we don’t have to feel helpless stop it. Maybe all it takes is a different perspective during a situation and a kind word or two that could change things around. You may not feel like you are making a big difference on the greater scale of life, but we all have to start somewhere, and I believe that change starts with us, right where we are. God has us where He wants us for a reason!