Day 27 of 31!
As a teenager, mom would send me to the grocery store to get some milk and a few things. We only lived a few minutes from the store but these trips would always take me longer than they should. I would eventually get home and mom would want to know what took me so long. At this point I would enter into the story of the people who I saw at the grocery store.
See my trip to the grocery store was never about milk…well maybe it was about that for mom. For me, my trip to the grocery store was a chance to connect. An opportunity to see some friends and catch up. Now this wasn’t a weird town where all the hip teens hung out at the grocery store but it was somewhat a small town. I worked in different grocery stores during High School so I knew a lot of the people who worked there, beyond just people who shopped there.
As I walked the isles of the grocery store I would run into different people. There was the girl who worked in the pharmacy who was just a friendly person. There was the bag girl who was deaf but was always excited because I tried my hardest to communicate with her. There was my buddy that sang in choir with me. There was the manager that gave me a job and eventually became a friend.
The list goes on. I could have easily ran in, grabbed milk, and ran back home, but I didn’t. See, these people added value to my life and I added value to theirs, and it happened because I would slow down and spend time with them. John Maxwell tells the story of his dad always walking slowly through a crowd. He did this so he could take the time to not miss anyone but to show people that they matter.
Time is a valuable commodity. If you are willing to slow down and share some of your time with someone I promise you they will feel valued. Honestly, you maybe the only person that has given them time in a while.
Take today, slow down, and show someone that they matter!