Why did everyone decide to go shopping on the same day at the same time? Were they influenced by the chill of the overcast autumn day?
Feeling frustrated by the oppressive obstacle of humanity, the weary shopper zigzagged her way through the aisles to the shortest checkout line. With her transaction complete and making her last skillful maneuver toward the exit doors, she anticipates the feeling of relief the drive home will give. However, to her disappointment she must move around one last stumbling block.
“Ma’am, would you like to buy some popcorn, “asked the four foot Boy Scout with arms outstretched and a smile of exuberance that could brighten the dreariest of days. Without missing a step, the shopper politely declined but didn’t proceed too far when she thought, you may not want or need popcorn but that boy needs more than a “no thank you” for his effort . With a swift about face that left her bags swinging, the shopper digs into her wallet, taps the young scout on his shoulder, and hands him a sizeable bill saying, “Thank you for your effort in helping your organization. Never give up. Even when it looks like you are failing, always keep trying.”
Who received the better of the gift, the shopper or the scout and his organization? I think the shopper. Feeling buoyantly happy and energetic, she forgot where she parked her car bringing to mind the biblical truth, you are far happier when giving than receiving. (Acts 20:35)
Thank God for key fobs and panic buttons!