One day I was going through the drive thru at Wendy’s. In front of me, was a girl I’d went to school with. Her son was in the car with her, at the time I’d say he was about thirteen. Now, I know those of you who have, or have raised a teenager, know what it’s like to try to order food while you’ve got a kid yapping in your ear the whole time. It’s frustrating to say the least! I’m pretty sure, after that day, this kid never again opened his mouth while his momma was ordering at a drive thru.
I’m so thankful I had already rolled my window down so I could be a witness to something that, had I had a camera, could’ve easily won on America’s Funniest Videos!
“Welcome to Wendy’s! May I take your order?” “Um yes. I’ll have two Thursdee specials and….”Here’s the funny part. Apparently her son just would not shut up, and she had had all she could take. She threw her head around so quickly, her hair flew out the window! She yelled “Shut! Up!” And slapped the kid right upside his head! Then she turned back around, and finished her order, in the sweetest voice ever. “And two small dranks.” She never missed a beat! (For dramatic effect I spelled the words like she sounded.)
The scene was hilarious! I wish I could’ve seen the look on his face when she smacked him! What amazed me was how quickly she went from sounding like June Cleaver, to Reagan from The Exorcist, back to June Cleaver. The movie Sybil comes to mind! Don’t you know the person taking the order was either laughing hysterically, or terrified. Being that my momma might’ve done the very same thing, I was laughing!
Haven’t we all done similar things? I know that I can be so hateful to a family member, then as soon as I walk into church, or wherever we’re going, I’m syrupy sweet. I wonder, if people had to live with me, would they still like me?
If a stranger in Walmart crushed your heel with a buggy, you might be thinking horrible thoughts, but most likely you would say ” oh, it’s ok!” smile, and limp off. However, if that had been a family member, would you have handled it so gracefully? I know I wouldn’t! Most likely I would rip them a three bedroom, two bath, double wide hiney hole!
What if we demonstrated to our family the same grace we would show a stranger? Would it change the dynamics of your household? It would mine. I’m going to try to do that from now on! Trust me, it’s going to take lots of prayer and possibly duck tape over my mouth to pull this off!
You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient. Put up with each other. Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. And over all of those good things put on love. Love holds them all together perfectly as if they were one. Colossians 3:12-14