THE CHECK-OUT LINE

THE CHECK-OUT LINE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

This past week a frazzled woman stood in the check-out line ahead of me.
She looked like she was experiencing one of those crazy "Mondays" that we all just want to go home and forget. Flustered by an inability to come up with the cash needed for necessary purchases, she worked feverishly to cough up the remaining extra.
 I stepped forward ...
 and cheerfully anounced that whatever difference needed to be "made up," I would love to pay it.
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Hmmm ...
The response it provoked from both the woman and the cashier set me back.
They both looked surprised, caught-off-guard, and bewildered by my gesture. I genuinely thought that the woman was going to experience a melt-down on the spot, while the cashier gave a hearty exclamation of "Wow! How thoughtful!" which could be heard two aisles over.
The whole episode worked itself out beautifully and wonderfully in a matter of minutes.
 Bills curiously and mysteriously appeared and the matter was taken care of.
But the remembrance ... lingers on.
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And I think to myself ...
Sometimes we look for big moments, big opportunities, and big ways to serve God.
Sometimes those moments come but, generally, I think those moments are composed of smaller moments that are standing right beside and behind us in a grocery aisle.
Generally and usually, God wants us to simply pay attention to the ordinary moments and  ordinary people all around us.
+He wants to love in extraordinary ways through us.
+He wants to show Himself in ordinary moments to us.
+He wants us to live in the present, and love in the present, because that's what He's doing.
God is good and loving all day long, and in our "present."
Love in the moment ...
and pass it on.
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