how $1.09 gave me perspective

I must confess…I’m an addict.

I’ve been trying to quit for months, but I struggle.  Every afternoon around 1:30pm, I get a hankering for a Diet Coke.

My biggest weakness comes at 2pm when Sonic Happy Hour starts.  I mean, come on!!  Half price!?!  I’m a sucker for a deal

So, yesterday was just like any other day.  I worked all morning and then the afternoon “lull” started to creep in.  My eyes started to go cross and my brain wasn’t firing on all cylinders.

My first response?!?  I NEED CAFFEINE!

What’s a girl to do?  Drive through Sonic on my way to the school car-rider line, of course!

Before I left home, I tried to get a few more things done.  I was cutting it close, but figured I still had a few extra minutes to go through Sonic.  Our Sonic has two entrances — one for the car hop spots and another for the drive thru.  As I was pulling into the correct entrance, a truck cut me off by using the other entrance.  He was “technically” not in the drive thru lane, but he made sure I knew he was by continuing to inch his truck closer and closer behind the last car in line.  The driver of the truck looked at me as I threw my hands up in the air and said, “Oh come on!!”

I was frustrated.

Didn’t he know that I was running low on time for picking my girls up from school?  Didn’t he know I was low on energy and needed a Diet Coke pick-me-up?!

“What a jerk” is what I murmured under my breath.

Fortunately, the line was moving quickly so I was sure I’d make it to school on time.  As I dug $1.09 in change from my purse and started to hand it to the girl at the window, she stopped me and said, “Oh, the man in front of you paid for your drink!”

SILENCE.  (with a STUNNED look on my face).

The girl probably thought I was nuts because I didn’t respond right away.

The man who I was so ticked at and called a jerk bought my drink?  I mean, I know it was only $1.09, but who does that?!?

As I left Sonic, drove to school, and sipped on my Diet Coke (which was yummy, by the way), I was reminded of Jesus.

I once paid no attention to Him.  I blasphemed His name, spit upon Him, and denied Him many times.

But, even when I wanted nothing to do with Him, He loved me anyway.  He sacrificed Himself on the cross and died.  For me.  For you.  For every person that ever walked upon this earth.  He paid the price for our sin with His life.

This stranger’s gesture reminded me of the love Christ has for me.  No matter how I treat Him or feel about Him — His love for me never changes.

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

So, Mr. Sonic Man.  I may never see you again or get the chance to thank you.  But, please know that your small, kind gesture showed me Jesus.

It gave me perspective.  It’s a Diet Coke, for goodness sake.  And, in all honesty, if I’m 2 minutes late picking my girls up, it’s not a big deal!

I need to slow down.  I need to take my eyes off of the things of this world and keep them on Jesus.

Set your minds on things that are above not on things that are on earth.

Colossians 3:2


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