Friday, August 14, 2015

Behind Closed Doors

--> The woman at the register who got annoyed at you because you asked her a question about a sale item and was then rude to you during the remainder of your checkout.

--> 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.

What do all of these people have in common, you wonder? Besides the fact that they would probably make you mad or upset and cause you to go to someone else and complain about it. Complain that you can't believe they did or said what they said and you don't understand how they could they be so rude and nasty.

Well, did you ever think that maybe there is a reason why people act the way they do sometimes? I only ask this, because it happened to me just 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 was like, 'oh great', 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 ok 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 ok. 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 gets caught in
                                                                    the middle.

Next time someone is rude or mean to you, or cuts you off in line, let's offer them grace and be kind to them instead, because you never know what they may be going through.

Many Blessings,

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