I had to run by the grocery store yesterday to pick up a few of our essentials. The parking lot was full, people out and about. Some shopping at the Hallmark store next door and some grabbing a coffee and some just admiring all the Christmas trees that were being unloaded off the truck.
When I got inside I could tell the store way busy. I thought to myself it was strange being the middle of the day on a Monday… but grabbed my cart and headed for the aisles. When I got to the back of the store, going to grab a gallon of milk there was a little elderly lady trying to get herself some milk also. There was three or four people waiting for her as they had formed somewhat of a line. I watched and waited as she did retrieve her half-gallon of milk while the others seemed to be growing impatient. One sighed with a loud heaviness, while another tried to just squeeze past her and find what they were after, while yet another leaned on her cart tapping her fingernails on the handle.
As I stood watching the Spirit brought these verses to mind:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
These are some of the greatest verses on love in the bible! They are descriptive, giving us what love is but also what it is not. It is easy to become frustrated when we are on a schedule, having our own agenda. However, yesterday we talked about how God’s love is a selfless love… And in receiving His love we are able to open our hands to acts of love and kindness towards others. It is going to be busy in every store, every checkout line, every parking lot from now until Christmas. Let’s not be rude or self-seeking, but instead plan a few extra minutes and open our hands up to extend love.