January 25, 2016

In The Checkout Line

I try to be friendly to the checkout clerks at the grocery store, at Target, at Walmart, at Walgreens and so on. I may not get around to directly sharing the Lord with them, but I can be a smile and a friendly voice and maybe the light of Jesus will shine through me. I hope.

I tend to ramble and have probably made a few people in line behind me wish I would be quiet. If there is a substantial line, I try to reign myself in.
But, it is important to me to be friendly.

Sometimes, I am so awkward at it, I try to be more graceful and sometimes I do better than others.

For example, don’t ask me how one time I went down this rabbit trail, but while this young man was scanning my items at the grocery store, I mentioned making tuna sandwiches for lunch for my husband. It was a Saturday in the summer and I often make tuna, or salmon sandwiches for lunch. I was thinking, I need to shut up. I sound really silly. I am rambling too much… again.

But he stopped and looked directly at me with a very serious look.

He said, “I wish I had someone who would make tuna sandwiches for me.”

I saw loneliness.

I saw an ache and longing.

In that look on his young face I knew why I do this.
 
I may not have just shared the gospel of Christ, but in talking to him and being friendly, I shared the love of Christ, in the checkout line.

I think it is better said this way. You can shine the light of Christ in the checkout line.

His response reminded me to keep doing this.

As I walked away I realized that it’s not necessarily about what you say, but that it is about saying something. People are lonely, hurting, longing…

They want to be noticed and heard. They want to be engaged. Even in a brief conversation in the checkout line.

We can do that.  We are salt and light in this world.

Matthew 5:13-16
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

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