Excuse me ma’am?
Posted: Aug 23, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I don’t know why things like this always seem to happen to me. I seem to come in contact each and every day with odd things or odd people that most “normal” people don’t experience. And is it just me, or do all of the weird things happen to you when you are by yourself which means you don’t have any witnesses! I have seen my fair share of odd things the past few weeks that make you say hmmmmmm.

Today, I experienced something that wasn’t very odd. In fact, in the society in which we live today, this actually happens quite frequently. Let me paint a litle scenario for you. I am at the office and it is lunchtime. I get some food and stop into the gas station to buy my weekly supply of Dr. Pepper for my office. I know it’s not the healthiest of choices. Maybe we can talk about my unhealthy beverage choices at a later time. Nevertheless, I go to pay for my soda’s and the nice lady behind the counter has no idea that I am there at the register ready to pay. The reason? She is texting someone. She is standing about 5 feet behind the register fully immersed in a conversation with someone else. I stood there for about 30 seconds before another employee saw me standing there from the back of the store and walked all the way to the front to help me. The other employee also happened to have her hands full of stuff at the time. So she sets her stuff down, walks across the store and helps me pay for my drinks.

Now, you could say, “why didn’t you say something to the texting lady?” All I would have had to do is say excuse me and she would have helped me………maybe……….after she said “LOL” or “TTYL” to whomever she was talking to.

The reason I let the whole thing play out the way it did was i was trying to prove a point. We live in a world FULL of distractions. With the advancement of cell phone technology, most of us, (including the guy writing this blog) are WAY to attached to our little cell phone devices.

I got into my car almost laughing to myself about the whole situation when the Holy Spirit just absolutely leveled me from out of the blue. Don’t you hate that!?!? Here I was perfectly content to judge someone else and get offended that I wasn’t being serviced properly and than, wham! The Holy Spirit hits me with this thought……”Corey, how many times have you done to your family what the lady behind the desk just did to you?”

Busted. You got me God. Instead of driving back to the church lamenting my experience at the gas station, I drove back repenting of my own actions. God has a great way of bringing us all back in line when we need it. God was saying to me,

“Corey, that’s great that you can point out the speck in that lady’s eye at the gas station across the street. But when are you going to realize the log that is in your own eye? How many times has Addison wanted your undivided attention and instead your face was glued to your iphone?”

I had no answer. I guess the morale of this story is simple. When you are doing something, anything, be all the way there! That applies to work, church, your relationship with God, your family…….everything!

I would also like to thank the nice lady at the gas station for teaching me an important lesson today. Maybe…..just maybe God directed me to that place today to give me a picture of what I myself often look like on a daily basis.

With Expectancy!

Corey
corey@firstassemblywest.com