It is a COLD Monday morning! and I am off to work…all day! Not my first choice – I really do enjoy “part time” – but, actually, this was someone else’s shift who asked me to switch with her. I ended up with the entire weekend off which was nice.
I really do enjoy my job. Even more than I thought I would:) For the most part, the customers are all really nice and I enjoying chatting with them as they shop and check out. Of course, every once in awhile, there is the cranky customer. For instance – last week.
A very well-dressed woman, with the loveliest British accent, came in and asked if we had cards for folks becoming a citizen. Of course we do. (Honestly, we have a card for just about anything….even some things that really don’t need a card.) Any hoo, after she found her card, she was hurriedly looking around the store. I asked her if I could help her find something (why did I do that??) and she was looking for a gift for her friends…the new citizens. Something “American” but not touristy junk (her words!) I thought and thought but really could not come up with anything.
And then the complaining started. Although she did eventually find something – very nice and appropriate, I might add – she never stopped complaining. And not just about Hallmark or shopping or something similar – no, about this country!! Its lack of patriotism…and on and on and on!! So, her she was wanting to celebrate her friend’s American citizenship and whining non-stop about America.
What was wrong with this picture?? Clearly, her words did not match her actions. And I have thought several times over the last week about this lady. Not only do I hope her friends appreciate..and enjoy… their citizenship – and the true blessing that it is – more than she does, but I also pray that my actions match my words…..and my words match my actions. I would never want my words – like complaining or joining in the “latest news” at work – to be disjointed with my testimony of being a Christian. I pray my co-workers never have reason to wonder, “what’s wrong with this picture??”
Just a thought as I head off to work and begin another week. Looking for all God has in store this week:)