On my bad attitude!

IMG_1245I decided to tackle the elements yesterday and drive the two miles from my driveway to the grocery store to refresh my household’s food supply! I had a few moments of panic as I slid sideways on one stretch but other areas were totally clear and dry, all in all I got there without incident and made my left turn into the Publix. I got my cart and set about filling it noticing that I had put things in it that I wouldn’t buy under normal circumstances, and no I am not going to tell you what they were. However, I will tell you what I didn’t put in my buggy that I found when I was unloading into the sliding door of the van. As I took the last bags off of something rather large and square I saw that underneath my eggs and bread there was a case of Budweiser Light Beer!

Since I don’t drink beer I thought back to my frenzied shopping to make sure I wouldn’t have picked it up in the excitement over the upcoming Super Bowl, only being slightly sarcastic here. Knowing it wasn’t one of my random purchases I took it back into the store and to the cashier where I had paid for my groceries, when he saw it he actually let out an expletive, I guess he was thinking about the irate customer that would probably soon be back wondering why his drink of choice had been left out! But I have seriously digressed; I was going to tell you something else! Have you ever, as you were going up and down the grocery store aisle, run into the same person over and over again? That’s what happened to me today, I kept having to excuse myself for needing to reach in front of the same person who, to put it kindly, was acting “entitled”. I wasn’t doing it on purpose but she seemed bent on having an attitude with me. After my adventure with the beer which I didn’t buy and got back to my humble red van, I noticed the “entitled” lady was parked right next to me and was starting to get into a Jaguar, cool looking car right? I also noticed that she was having an attitude with the man she was with and he was trying to get the hood of the car opened and I wondered if he even knew what he was looking for! “Ahhh a chance to do good for evil,” I thought, and so I got out and asked if I could be of assistance in case they needed a jump-start for the battery. She drew herself up into a very haughty stance and announced loudly “No, I’m good!”  I got back into my van which cranked the first time I turned the key, backed out and left her standing there holding her pride and the poor man hostage. I wondered how her day would turn out. Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”  Did anyone besides me notice that the very first thing listed in that list of God’s most un-favorite things was a proud look?

My attitude towards someone like that is one of the things I have to ask forgiveness for when I say my prayers. I don’t even know how to describe the ire it raises in my spirit. Everything in me rebels and I would love to hold a mirror up in front of their raised chin and nose held high in the air! My best hope would be that they would see spinach stuck in one of their teeth or some bodily fluid hanging from their nostril! Now isn’t that a very sweet and Christ-like image for you of myself? I’m only telling the truth here. Now let me ask you this, who is worse, the lady who treated me so rudely or me for resenting her so much?  Did I want to do it because I wanted to do good for evil or did I just want the pleasure of showing her that this insect of a person could actually do her some good or that somehow my Plymouth van was superior to her Jaguar because at least it started! I will tell you the honest truth; my thought as I pulled away was “a living dog is more powerful than a dead lion.” Here is what I know, God loves us all the same, big and small, rich and poor, what ever the color of our skin, eyes or hair, He created us all in His image and the Bible tells me that God is love…

So tomorrow is another day and Lamentation 3:22-24 “GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”  He still loves me yes He really does!

6 Replies to “On my bad attitude!”

  1. Harolene, I worked in grocery stores for a long time. I saw the attitude of many, many people flare up.
    One incident, when I was a shopper, a lady?? ran her cart into my heels as I stood waiting to check out. I was in great pain and bleading and I didn’t have a chance to say anything as she was blerting out ugly words and explaining to the whole store that it was my fault because I was “in her way”..
    Good night. I love you.


  2. Got a laugh while reading todays LESSON! When I was young and came to MOM with hurt feelings for people ddoing me with the Attitude she told me YOU ARE BETTER THAN THEM BECAUSE YOU ARE CHOSEN OF GOD. Felt good. Love you


  3. Boy were you ever bad this day.. Been there done that too. Why is it that at least 8 out of 10 times you go shopping for groceries you have problems with people doing stupid unkind things? I thought it was just me but a lot of other people say they have the same problem. Like you I have a terrible time with rude people & have a serious problem keeping my mouth shut. I have to remind myself all the time the Lord would not be pleased with me acting this way. The Lord says to repay ill with kindness & it’s a terrible cross for me to bear. I have shut my mouth & kept quiet several times only to have those standing by to compliment me when it was over. I just wish I could do it all the time. I am so glad the Lord loves us in spite of us being us. Glad for His forgiving heart, Take care as always you are a daily blessing I look forward to every day. God bless you in all you do.


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