I have wrestled with not knowing God’s plan for my life for what seems a long time; I have spent days reading the bible and blog posts about discovering his plan which tell you to trust and pray as he guides your steps. And I know I am not alone in doing this because I know that like many I like to live life with an end goal is so that I can plan my next steps and know what I am doing the rest of today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year.
But in truth it isn’t so much about the goal and the plan to achieve it but it is about being in control and in particular it is about ME, I want to be in control, knowing what I will do next in order to achieve that goal. The irony of this is that from my own experiences having a plan and being in control is an illusion because pretty much every time I have a plan for how a day will play out it rarely does. Continue reading
A while back I was doing some shopping in my usual supermarket and as per usual there was only one of the eleven checkouts open, yes there are those self serve checkouts but every time I have used one I end up having to ask for help so tend to avoid them as much as I can. But on this day there was a gentleman going through the checkout in a mobility scooter and whilst I don’t know his situation I would hazard a guess that at some point he may have suffered a stroke. Now behind him was one customer, then me, and then a growing queue was forming behind me with some customers clearly getting impatient at having to wait.
But here is the life lesson which this shop assistant taught me that day without him even knowing it. He focused on serving this gentleman in his mobility scooter, never rushing him, in fact going above and beyond to make sure his shopping was secure, he had put his change away and was ready to move on rather than starting the next customer before he had moved on. Now the assistant whilst focussing on the gentleman would have had to have been blind not to see the queue which was forming as well as being aware of the impatience of some of the customers Continue reading