As I was driving to Wal-Mart today, I was wondering if I acted the same way at Wal-Mart as I do on Sunday morning. I thought about how at church I usually say hello to most people walking past. I offer hugs and prayers to those who are hurting. I smile and say good morning. I help mothers find their way to their kids classes. I am pretty loving on Sunday morning.
When I go to Wal-Mart, I have a list in hand and try to get my stuff as quickly as possible. I manuever through aisles and glide past slower shoppers. I sigh when someone pulls out in front of me. I huff at the long lines. I am not so loving.
Loving in Wal-Mart = Fail.
I am not the same on Sunday morning as I am on Monday morning.
I wonder if we just began to love others at Wal-Mart on Monday morning what a difference for the kingdom it would make. I wonder if we smiled and said hello to those around us, would it brighten their day?
I am pretty sure if we acted loving at Wal-Mart, it would be obvious to those we encounter that there is something different about us.
John 13:135 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
P.S One thing I have started to try to do each time I check out at Wal-Mart if to offer to buy the checker a drink. I try to go to the same few checkers and am starting to build a small relationship with a few of them. Yes, even at Wal-Mart.