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 but he simply focused on the customer in front of him. And do you know what, as he started serving the next customer another checkout opened and the waiting customers behind me quickly jumped across.
Now I don’t know if that shop assistant was a Christian, all I know was that he was a very pleasant young man. But in those few minutes he reminded me of a bible verse:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own – Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
In those few minutes his actions embodied that verse, not worrying about those who weren’t yet his customer, his tomorrow, and focusing on that customer in front of him, the day. And to be honest as someone who is prone to going off on a tangent and thinking about things in the future, often things which don’t happen, his actions reminded me so much at how much simpler things are just focusing on what is in front of us rather than becoming distracted at what might be and often wasting time and effort on some thing which never happens.