I usually expect the best out of people.
Having a postive outlook toward others has not been detrimental.
Today, however, I was somewhat disappointed, at least at first.
A grocery store that I frequent quite a bit has a particular way of keeping up with their rolling shopping carts.
instead of paying someone to go out to the parking lot and corral them all in a few times a day, the customers put them away.
They are kept neatly along the outside of the front entrance.
Why would customers care enough to do this?
They have invested in it.
A twenty-five cent investment.
Each cart has a small container that will accept one quarter.
When the quarter is inserted into the container, the shopping cart is released from a locking mechanism that holds all of them in place.
When the cart is empty and no longer needed, each customer returns their cart to the front of the building, pushes it into line and inserts a chain from the last cart into the container.
Out pops the quarter and all is well!
Today, when I finished shopping, the cashier placed my groceries into an empty cart and took the full one I had for the next customer in line.
I placed the items I had purchased into my car.
I took the shopping cart back to the front of the store.
Clicking the chain into the money container on my cart, I reached out to take a quarter.
After all, I had placed a quarter in the original cart I had taken in, so it was only prudent of me to take a quarter back.
When I clicked the chain, out popped….something different.
A coin from another country, perhaps?
I inspected it closely.
On one side, embossed letters read, "X Mark Token."
On the other side, a car wash company name was written—one that I had never heard of.
Somewhat miffed at the loss of my twenty-five cents, I quickly decided that I should not be.
Whoever had placed the token into the container may not have had a quarter to spare.
Their circumstances may have been such that they had very little money to buy food.
I needed to forgive that person, whoever they were, and not give it a second thought.
Psalm 86:5 reads, "You, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
full of mercy toward everyone who calls out to You."
Chances are I will never know who placed a car wash token into my cart.
Harboring even the slightest amount of anger about it would only be harmful to me.
God is good and forgiving.
He wants us to be forgiving, too.
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