The post office was rather busy. There was only one clerk at the counter and so the line was gradually growing longer. An elderly woman stood in line with an unsealed US Priority Mail box. The particular box she had was not a self-sealing box. As she attempted to seal one end of the box, the other end wouldn't stay put and she had no tape. Sigh...
Suddenly the postal worker spoke up and said, "Wait Ma'am. Don't seal the box. I will help you in just a moment." Relieved, the woman stopped fumbling with the box and waited her turn.
When she reached the counter, she began to ask for some tape but the postal worker shook her head. "Let me see what you are trying to ship, please."When the woman complied the postal worker said, "I thought so. Just one moment while I get you another box."
She returned with a smaller box and carefully slipped the item into the box. It fit perfectly. "Is there anything else you would like to add to the box?"The customer shook her head. No, that was it.
As the postal worker sealed up the package she told the woman why she put it into the smaller box. You see, shipping it via Priority Mail in the smaller box would save her more than $8.00. The elderly customer gave the postal worker a stunned look for a moment and then smiled gratefully. "Thank you. Thank you very much!"
As I stood in line watching this scenario take place, the line behind me did grow just a tad bit longer. I thought about how easy it would have been for the postal worker to become overwhelmed and impatient. It would have been easier for her to simply tape the larger box shut, throw it on the scale, charge the woman and move on to the next customer but she didn't. Her top priority was to help people and that is exactly what she did. No one probably would have even realized it if she didn't but that didn't matter. She was here to serve.
We as Christians may be the "children of the King" but God has not left us in this world to be served or even do what is necessarily convenient for us. He has called us to serve and in doing so, we need to be willing to go the extra mile... just like Jesus did.
Love hearing these stories.
You know i got to be on the receiving end of a similar thing just a couple days ago. I was at out local grocery store and wasn't feeling so good.
Since I had to go all over the store to get what I needed, I took the electric cart. By the time I reached the checkout I had started coughing. there I sat in line with my oxygen on, my neck band with it's bib to cover the hole in my throat trying not to cough and this lady(10 years my senior) staring down at me and my stuff. Suddenly she started taking things out of my cart basket. At first I didn't see the bar between her stuff and mine and wondered just what she thought she was doing. Then I realized she was putting my stuff on the belt so I didn't have to get out of the cart to do it. I'm sure by then I was blushing, but I managed to thank her and tell her how much I appreciated her kindness.
Yes we are to serve others in any way we can. And you are never to old to do so.
It's amazing how easy it's been for my family and I to make contacts in places where casual contact - at best - is the rule.
People love being loved. My son's baby face breaks 'em down and opens doors.
But if you listen they'll actually tell you their life's story - a piece at a time. Then one day you can give them a business card that they can follow up on when they really need to be free from the mind numbing pain and drudgery of this life
The lady at the deli once complained of chronic fatigue and severe headaches. I asked if she was feeling better. The look of shock on her face was worth a picture. Soon it was all about Jesus. God breaks down walls and helps people escape from their prisons.
Thanks for stirring kindness for any and all.
Cool story that I have seen and actually done myself at the post office. As you say, it would have been very easy for the frazzled worker to take the easy way out, and many do, but going that extra mile made someone's day as well as saving them some money. Enough little things put together equal a very big thing and that is LOVE.
Thanks for sharing.
I enjoyed this story and all the similar ones in the comments. If we took time to consider others needs before our own. How many lives we can toch.? We should all go an extra mile to help others. I always think that you never know what kind of day someone may be having and by one acr of kindness you can uplift them and brighten their day. This life is not about us but serving and helping others. Thankyou for sharing all these acts of kindness.
[quote]I always think that you never know what kind of day someone may be having and by one acr of kindness you can uplift them and brighten their day. [/quote]
That is so true.
An oldie but Goodie!