Experiences of Life
The Word of Life Project is an initiative for 2012 to not only read the word of life and put it into practice,
but to share the real-life results of doing so. This collection of testimonials is meant to encourage all of
us to pick up the word of life, read it, live it and share it. Stay tuned for an experience submission form!
|Argument with a store manager|
|Written by D.C.|
|Monday, March 12, 2012|
A few weeks ago I went to a store to exchange a product, even though I could not find the receipt. First the cashier and then the manager treated me rudely, and we got into an argument. When I got home, I felt so upset that I was going to file a complaint on the store’s website.
Before I could do that, however, my wife came in and asked me to help her carry some packages. I remembered “whatever you do to the least….” She was the Jesus I needed to love in that moment, so I stopped what I was doing to help her.
When I returned to the computer I realized that filing a complaint against the cashier and manager would be filing a complaint against Jesus –“whatever you do to the least….” So I stopped. And then, when I did find the receipt, I was tempted to take it to a different branch to avoid seeing that cashier and manager. But a little voice inside was urging me to go back to the store where I had been that morning and apologize. This was my chance to live "Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day or the hour" (Mt 25:13). I felt that the real problem I needed to solve was restoring the damaged relationship, so I did go back. I knew I had better hurry in case they changed shifts and the manager and cashier would no longer be there.
At the store, I went straight to the manager and sincerely asked to apologize. I could tell by her glowing face that she was happy and appreciated that I came back. Then again, when I reached the register, I apologized to the cashier. He accepted it happily. However, when he scanned my receipt, it turned out that I had purchased the product three months ago, past the return period. Even though I was not able to exchange the product, I left the store happy because I had received a far more important satisfaction. I had exchanged our negative situation for peace among us.