I’m growing tired of people. I’m trying, I really am, but they’re making it tough. I’m not perfect, far from it, and I don’t think I know it all, so tell me if I’m wrong here.
I made a quick stop at the grocery store tonight to pick up some some drinks for dinner. Just one line was open at my local Publix as we went to check out. The pair in front of me, a man in his early 50’s and his pre-teen son, were in the middle of checking out. Their items were going through the scanner, one by one. They were dressed in their pajamas, it was 8PM, I have no idea why.
They were nearly finished but for some reason their shopping cart was not making it through the line with them. It remained in its spot, completely ignored. They were leaving it behind, at the end of the conveyor belt, completely blocking me and the people behind me, from accessing the belt. My 7 year old and I continued to hold our things. Sure, we could have moved the cart and set our things down but I could see where this was headed, I wasn’t giving in.
All their items made it through the scanner and were being bagged while the cart remained in the same spot as this picture. As the dad finished running his credit card through the keypad he looked back at his cart, looked directly at me, and then turned his attention back to the grocery clerk. He paid no mind to the cart. His groceries were completely bagged and he started to gather his things in preparation to leave. The cart remained.
“Excuse me!”, I said somewhat kindly, but sternly, “is this your cart?” I still couldn’t access the conveyor belt because his cart was still blocking me and he was about to leave the store. He looked at me, “Oh sorry’, he said disingenuously, “I forgot about it.” He didn’t.
People who know me or follow me, know I profess my faith as a Christian. I know what I should do in this situation. I should watch them walk away, I should take their cart and put it back in its place and not say a word.
There are a lot of convicting verses in the Word of God, a lot of commands and exceptions that challenge me, challenges that I often fail.
1 John 3:15: “Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”
I murdered that guy tonight, and not simply with a gun, but in a Jeffrey Dahmer kind of way. I want to be better but that guy was super annoying. He knew what he was doing. The entitlement generation is growing rapidly. We can be better, but I can be better too.
My thoughts were not justified, not even after seeing where he left his cart outside.
I murdered him again when I saw this.