“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
I was on a mission.
All the weather experts predicted a storm of “epic proportions”…and I knew what that meant.
I needed more batteries.
More batteries and more chocolate.
So I raced over to the nearest big box store in search of my survival supplies.
I was overjoyed to grab one of the last packs of D batteries along with two bags of sweet treats.
At this rate, I’d be home before the first raindrop.
But then, I noticed that every checkout line was backed up.
That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Self-checkout here I come!
As I approached my open lane, I heard his voice.
“If I can help you, please let me know.”
Upon which I replied in my “get out of my way, buddy…don’t you know there’s a storm of epic proportions on the way?” voice.
Upon which he replied in his “I’d like to help you, lady, whether you want me to or not” voice.
“IF I can help you, please let me know.”
I didn’t even look up.
I mean, how hard could it be to scan three little UPC codes?
First bag of candy. Buzz. In the bag.
Second bag of candy. Buzz. In the bag.
Package of D batteries. Nothing. Nada.
Except the flashing light that screamed “Call Attendant”.
Yes, that would be him.
But before I could open my mouth, he was right beside me, happily pushing buttons and then re-scanning the batteries.
Buzz. In the bag.
I felt like a worm.
A worm that wanted to quietly crawl back to my car.
Instead, I mustered my best fake smile and said “I guess I needed your help after all,” upon which he returned his best genuine smile, then continued helping other customers.
As I drove home, my spirit was convicted.
My flashlight wasn’t the only thing that needed new batteries.
Instead of shining for Jesus, I snapped for Tina.
Perhaps, like me, you’ve missed some opportunities to shine your light.
Perhaps, like me, you’re so preoccupied in your “storm”, that you’ve forgotten about the Weatherman who loves you and has it all under control.
NO batteries required.
By the way, the storm wasn’t as bad as they predicted.
But the lesson I learned that day?
Spread your joy,