so there’s this woman who comes into our store fairly frequently. i didn’t like her that much when i first met her. my impression of her was similar to that of the one i had for most of our regular customers–i thought she was demanding and difficult.
but over the past three years, i’ve learned that impression is really, really wrong.
she’s this really sweet lady. she’s got these mannerisms, this tone of voice and facial expressions that calm in seconds. she genuinely cares about people. she’s the epitome of good. she’s also a really interesting lady. i spent my lunch break one evening discussing costa rica and her travels there.
she’s had a rough few months, though, lately. earlier she had her knee replaced. recently, she’d had cortizone injections in her hip. today, she went in for another cortizone injection, but this one was in her back.
last night, she came through my line and bought a few books. one of them was god’s wisdom for your every need. i’d commented on it, asked if we had anymore. we didn’t, so i took a second to jot down the isbn, then finished ringing her purchase and sent her off to meet her daughter for dinner.
a few minutes later, she came back, smiled at me, said merry christmas and that she’d been wondering what to get me. i told her she didn’t have to get me anything. the pleasure of her company was enough, and i meant it. but she insisted that she had to get me something, so she set one of our small plastic bags on the counter. it’s folded in half, and i can tell there’s a book in there, and she pushed it a little my way and said that it was for me. i told her again that she really didn’t have to get me anything. she told me again that she did. that she’d gone an ordered a copy of the book for herself, and she wanted me to have this one.
this one being the book of wisdom.
so touched by her generosity was i that i had to remind myself i was on the sales floor and my other customers could give a rat’s ass about me. they just wanted to pay for their books.
so i suck it up and go back to my spiel.
this week’s wisdom is thus:
my son, if your heart is wise,
my heart will rejoice–indeed, i myself;
yes, my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak the right things
do not let your heart envy sinners,
but be zealous for the fear of the lord all the day;
for surely there is a hereafter,
and your hope will not be cut off. (proverbs 23:15-18)
do not love the world or the things in the world. if anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. for all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the father but is of the world. and the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he woh does the will of god abides forever. (john 2:15-17)