The one behind it

I have this thing about taking shopping carts back in to the store.  I do not mean my shopping cart.  The truth is I typically put my shopping cart in the cart corral.  But as I walk in the store, or if I am waiting for my wife to shop or finish shopping, I spend my time taking carts back in to the store.  I can pile up 10 carts and guide them through the parking lot nearly as good as anyone who gets paid for it.  I am not exaggerating when I say I have taken thousands of carts back in.  I often think, “Glory to You, God” as I wheel them in.  Sometimes people ask me questions as if I work at the store, until I advise them I do not.

Yesterday we were at a local grocery store and there were none of the small carts inside.  While Diane was finishing up inside I was taking carts in.  I put a row of about 7 of them inside and was returning with more when a woman in front of me got one of the small carts I had just taken in.  She had no clue that 5 minutes earlier she would have either been searching for a small cart or wheeling one of the big carts through the store.  She was oblivious to the fact that I put those carts there for customers.

It made me think of how we take God’s provisions for granted.  How often do you thank Him when you turn the key of your car and it starts?  He has blessed us in so many ways and most of the time we do not thank Him nor acknowledge where our blessings came from.  Many things, like a car starting, we do not even think of as blessings.  People who do not believe in God even receive His gracious blessings!  He is so wonderful!

When we continuously thank Him throughout the day for things like shopping carts, snow shovels, glasses, and phones, it creates a life of thankfulness.  And thankfulness changes us for the better.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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One Response to The one behind it

  1. umpastordave says:

    Oh my, I can’t believe how much we have in common. Of course you go beyond what I do. I usually just find one or two and take them in as I go. Often it frees up a parking space for someone who would either have to select another spot or get out and move the cart. Little things go a long way.

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