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About two weeks ago I stood outside of Publix with about 20 other people, spaced approximately ten feet apart, waiting for the store to open. No one was talking to another. At 8 a.m. sharp, the manager unlocked the automatic doors and cheerfully greeted the shoppers and directed us to the young woman who was wiping down each cart as you approached. It made me feel safe and cared for.
Jesus said love one another
It was so important to Him that He tagged it His new commandment. AND, not only that but this is how the world would know we belonged to Him…
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13.34-35
Consider one another
That is my mantra as we walk through a first in my lifetime, quarantine. Now, as a parent I have quarantined with kids through the chicken pox, the flu, and other sundry contagious illnesses because (most) human beings consider one another.
I would never even consider walking into a nursing home (under normal conditions) with a cold or fever. Why? Because the right thing to do is …
CONSIDER ONE ANOTHER!
Back to Publix
So, the herd all headed for the paper aisle – yup! You guessed it. We were on the hunt for Covid’s most precious commodity…
No TP snobs in this bunch. They all began grabbing these monster packages of Charmin and Angel Soft and Scott. Mega rolls. Super mega rolls. Double rolls. 6 rolls which have the equivalent of 12 rolls.
And, I would venture to say, these 8 o’clock shoppers? Were in a household of two. I approached the shelves and I had a decision to make: the mega pack or…
and, there, to my right, bottom shelf were the loneliest six four-packs I’ve ever seen. Publix brand no less. The consideration meter was ticking.
Do I? Don’t I? Where will I put a monster package of TP in the tiny house? I already have some. I do like soft TP. Maybe I could share with the others in the tiny house village. All of these thoughts in a walk of five feet…
I did what Jesus would do. I considered those behind me in the herd. Perhaps those with 8 kids at home. Perhaps those with others on their shopping list. Perhaps those with an essential business.
I reached down to my right and grabbed one of those Publix brand 4-packs.
The end of the story
As I walked the final ten feet out of that paper aisle, I passed two gentlemen fighting over a mega pack. Allow me to assure you, they were not social distancing, and they were not wearing masks. Tugging back and forth, and finally the manager approached the two.
I fled toward the dairy refrigerators, grabbed two quarts of Publix brand organic half and half and booked it over to Produce. Where everyone was playing nice. Distancing. Squeezing fresh produce with gloved hands. Dreaming of the salad they would make for lunch.
They were being considerate of one another.
Like Jesus said, “You will know my followers by their love (kindness, patience, consideration, patience, appreciation) for one another!
(Yes, this took way longer than 5 minutes – but I had a story to tell!)