Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Easy To Identify People Who Can't Count to Ten-- They're in Front of You in the Supermarket Express Lane

A woman once visited a friend in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of several well-known institutions of higher learning.  She accompanied the friend to a supermarket on Saturday afternoon, finding it crammed with shoppers and very long checkout lines.

While the two of them stood patiently in line, they noticed a college-age young man wheel a filled shopping cart into the cash register stall that was clearly marked, "Express Line--8 Items Or Less."

The checkout girl of the express line looked at the loaded cart and then at the young man.  He was trying to ignore her exasperated expression by fumbling for his checkbook in his book bag.

Realizing she was stuck with a stubborn and inconsiderate customer, the girl said loudly to the high school student who was helping her bag groceries, "This guy either goes to Harvard and can't count, or he goes to M.I.T. and can't read!"

Although we don't always think of it in these terms, impatience reveals selfish and often mean spirit, while patience is really an act of kindness.

Be patient with everyone.
1 Thessalonians 5:14

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