Commentary

November 1, 2013

Chaplain thoughts

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
— Anne Frank

While traveling, Joe bought a small bag of cookies from the airport snack shop. He found his gate, sat down and took his laptop out of his backpack. A little while later a gentleman came and sat down two seats over. After a couple of minutes, Joe noticed, out of the corner of his eye, that the gentleman took a cookie from the bag on the seat between them. Joe couldn’t believe the audacity of this complete stranger just taking one of his cookies. Joe quickly reached in the bag and took a cookie as he stared at the stranger eating the cooking he had taken. The stranger nodded at him with a big smile as if to say, “Thanks.”

After a little while of sitting there hot under the collar trying to focus on his laptop, Joe noticed the gentleman reaching into the bag and grabbing yet another cookie! Joe thought, “Who does this guy think he is taking my cookies?” Joe quickly reached into the bag to get the last cookie before the “crazy guy” next to him ate it also. Again the guy looked at Joe and smiled with a nodded as if to say, “Thanks.” Joe thought, “Yeah, I bet you’re thankful for the free cookies!”

Soon the plane started to board and the gentlemen got up. Joe, fuming from the ordeal, opened his backpack to insert his laptop and found an unopened bag of cookies. Joe’s cookies!

I dare say that many of us, if put in the same situation, would have responded like Joe. However, think about the attitude of the gentleman who truly owned the cookies? There are so many ways he could have responded, probably in ways Joe thought of, and yet with a smile and nod he took the “high road.” He chose the course of blessing rather than anger. He chose to be polite rather than rude. He said through his action, “what’s mine is yours.”

The next time you think you’ve been “wronged,” try taking the road of blessing rather than anger. You might be surprised at the difference it can make in your life!

Blessings from Above …




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