Monday, December 11

Why Generosity Broke My Heart.

Perhaps a broken heart is not the best way to describe what happened Sunday night. A softened heart might do it justice. I'll start from the beginning. I'm tired, and as of tomorrow will have worked 18 days in a row. I know it's silly to work so much however, I can't say no, and when someone needs a shift covered I really like to help. So I was helping someone out on Sunday and took a shift at Taylor. This is a store I don't typically like to work at for many reasons. Sunday night was worse than usualy because of poor staffing. Only two people were scheduled to run the store from 5-11 pm.(By the way that's stupid). Like I mentioned before, I was tired. The store was so incredibely dirty I felt overwhelmed, and we were swamped.
Honestly I resented being there so I asked God to give me a better attitude, to calm me down so I could concentrate on what needed to be done, to change my attitude, and to take away my weriness and give me joy. I started humming a worship song as I cleaned, and began to feel better. Just as we were closing I noticed two women reading the book "Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldredge. We started chatting and I mentioned the women's bible study at Soul was reading it, but I couldn't go because of my schedule. We talked a bit more before I left to go clean up a few things. A few minutes later I came out of the back room to find one of the women standing there with the book in her hand. She said "here, we just finished reading it tonight, and I want to give it to you" This is the point where my heart broke. I was so overwhelmed by her generosity! I gave her a hug, because I had no words. Still when I think of it , I'm speechless. This little act of generosity will always be significant to me.
You all probably know how I like to keep my books, need, and clean. This book has a coffee ring on the front cover. Normally I'd wipe it off, but this time I think I'll leave it there to remind me to be generious just like Crista was.


*Heathluvsing* said...

can't wait!

Matthew said...

good story meredith :)

*Heathluvsing* said...

I love it!!! Its a great book too! A must own.

Nata said...

I would have cried, I think.

I love you, Mere!