And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God For christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
A young woman was waiting to board her airplane. Since she was facing a rather lengthy layover due to weather delays she decided to buy a book and head to the VIP Lounge. While she was purchasing her book she saw a package of Double Chocolate Chip Cookies that just looked too good to resist so she picked those up too, after all she deserved a little dessert after the way her day had gone.
With her cookies and a cup of Starbucks in tow she sat down in a leather arm chair to relax and read. She was so absorbed in her new Lynette Eason murder mystery/romance that she barely noticed the man when he sat down in the leather chair next to her. She was fully aware of him though when she reached over and pulled her first cookie out of the bag and he reached over and took one too. She watched in shock as he sat smugly reading his magazine and eating HER cookie! She felt irritated but said nothing.
With every cookie she took he would take one too! Unbelievable! The audacity of the situation overwhelmed her with every bite! She was so angry she could just feel the blood rising to her face. As if his boldness wasn’t enough his ignorance of coming between a woman and her chocolate almost got the better of her! She determined to maintain her poise and dignity even though she was furious. Then he did it, it was the last straw when he picked up the very last cookie and broke it in half giving her half and eating the rest! Was he insane? In a huff she stood up grabbed her things and stormed off to the gate to board her plane!
Moments later she boarded the plane and found she was still shaking in anger as she buckled herself into her seat. The nerve of some people! She decided she really needed to let it go and try to relax on this flight so she would be ready to great her husband and children when she got off the plane. She would just bake herself a nice batch of double chocolate chip cookies when she got home. She pulled her book out and retrieved her purse from under the seat in front of her to get her eyeglasses out and …… there was her unopened package of cookies! There they sat, unopened and untouched! She was wrong she had forgotten she had put her cookies in her purse when she bought them to save the clerk a bag.
She felt so embarrassed and ashamed. All the while she was stewing and angry with the bitterness of thinking he had helped himself to her cookies he was sharing his cookies with her! There was no opportunity to explain herself or apologize only time to feel humiliated enough to know she never wanted to feel that way again.
Some words and actions cannot be recovered. It is always important to be sure your actions and words are seasoned with God’s grace. Show God’s love in all that you do!
“The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.” Anita Roddick