Yesterday, for no reason at all, I decided to bake a cake.
To be specific a chocolate cake with white icing and sprinkles on top.
However, while at Walmart going through the self check out, I must have somehow forgot to check out the two mini tubes of icing because when I got to the car they weren’t in a bag. It made me suspicious that because they weren’t bagged, that maybe I forgot to check them out.
Now…tell me how certain you are that you would or would not have gone back into the frigid air and back into Walmart to see if you paid for them or not?
Right now it sounds like a no brainer, but yesterday for five seconds I was on the fence. I didn’t want to go back and knew that this simple purchase probably didn’t matter in the long run anyway. At one point I even rationalized “what” Walmart probably owed me over the years…but…
I went back in anyways.
Turns out, I had not paid for the two icings. They ended up totaling $2.37. The cashier didn’t seem surprised and acted like it happens all the time. And that’s what got me thinking…
I’m not owed anything and my so called “good will” was only doing what I should have done in the first place. (Granted later in the day I did get a check from Walmart from a class action suit totaling $137.00, but that’s besides the point, and probably a huge coincidence). It doesn’t matter.
Doing the “right thing” should be the “only thing” that we do, and not for any other reason. Being nice and doing the right things and NOT expecting anything in return is what God would want us all to do. And it’s (obviously) something I need to work on.
The comforting part of the whole story is this: the woman wasn’t surprised. The cashier simply checked my receipt, saw I didn’t have two Fun Fetti icings on my slip and checked me out. Because she must do this all the time, tells me that most people do the right thing. They come back. Pay for their items. And are on their way. That is settling. And I’m sure it makes God happy.
Have you done anything lately that you are especially proud of? The so called, “right things” when given the chance? I’ll tell you one thing, I was proud of the cake that was made from the icing I bought! We ate the Fun Fetti with no guilt attached too! And Amen to that!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9