Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Opinion

January 5, 2014

One of God’s little lessons

Cordele — NOTE: This was a little pre-New Year story that I shared with friends on facebook about a personal experience on New Year’s Eve. By request of several of those friends I decided to share it here for our readers who may not be on social media to enjoy.

There are times that we get so wrapped up in our day to day lives we forget to stop and appreciate the little things. While on my way to a friend’s home to ring in the new year I stopped at Save A Lot to pick up some Cool Whip. I get to the register and just in line ahead of me is an elderly black lady. Every item she places on the belt she asks the cashier to give her a total as she held her food stamp card in her hand trying not to go over.

Now her being a senior citizen she probably doesn't receive a large amount of food stamps each month and probably has to work hard to make the amount stretch as much as possible. She got down to the wire with one item she could not afford, a cabbage. She had every intent of just leaving it off but instead I asked the cashier to add it on and informed her that I would cover the difference.

Now I don't do anything for my own praise or pat on the back but simply in an effort to Glorify God by my actions as best I can. Well that sweet lady smiled and gave me the biggest hug right in the store at the checkout line. She said that I was just an angel. I said no that I just wanted to do something nice for her. Still smiling she said that God would surely bless me. I told her that I already felt blessed because God had bought my mom home from the hospital and that she was on the mend after an extended illness.

I paid for my Cool Whip and walked out offering to carry her things. She hugged me and said that she loved me and that she would pray that God continued to heal my mother. It was a beautiful moment shared with a person I did not know but that I am sure I will not forget. As I got in my car I remembered the song from my childhood "red and yellow black and white they are precious in his sight" Jesus loves ALL of His children. In a world where racism, on ALL sides still exists, let us all take a lesson from that song and love one another as God loves us.

As we move into the new year let us all make an effort to show love and kindness to others. Don't spend so much time looking at color that you forget to look at the heart of a person. Far as I am concerned it was the best buck I ever spent. It is funny to me how God can take a dollar and teach you a lesson worth millions more. To each of you out there I wish you peace happiness and love for the new year. Remember faith hope and love are some good things He gave us. And the greatest is Love. Happy New Year!!!!!!!

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