I really blew it…
I really blew it…
GoodMorning y’all. I guess although this post is visible across the whole site, I kind of feel most comfortable sharing this with you guys here as I’ve kind of got to know you a little bit.
Do you ever have what I call meltdowns when you are doing business with these corporations? You know the Big Box stores or pretty much any corporate entity. I’m here to confess it’s happened to me around a half dozen times already this year.😥
So I’ll tell you about my last episode which just happened.
I’m at a local grocery chain shopping with a neighbor. We are at the frozen food section and they are buying an item using their “Corporate tracking app” which gives them an additional 25% off this particular item we each are buying. They comment to me how easy it is to download and what great savings it provides. My reply was, “Hey that’s ok, I’m happy to just pay the regular sale price that’s offered to everyone.”
That was when the wheels begin turning in my head. Why should we be charged so much more for a product if we opt out of their tracking app?
So there stocking products next to us is a young lady. I asked her in my best casual tone, “Don’t you think it’s wrong for these corporations to punish those who don’t want their app with significantly higher prices? It seems like discrimination to me, what do you think about it?”
O, my! That was NOT the person to ask such a question. She began to have a complete breakdown just because I asked her thoughts on something she had no authority over or anything to do with. She became increasingly upset as I tried to disengage and apologize for trying to start this conversation with her. I told her, “Hey, I realize you personally have nothing to do with these things, I was just curious as to your thoughts about it?”
That didn’t placate her as she ran to get a manager following me to the check out line. The manager asked what my problem was?
I apologized for trying to speak to an employee about things that did not pertain to their job description. He says, “So are you willing to apologize to the employee?”
Yes sir, was my quick reply and looking over my shoulder there the offended person was. As I began to give her my earnest apology she really flipped out!
She began to scream, “It’s people like you is why I was raped and beaten!”
Well, by this time I’m almost in tears. The manager just walks away to the service counter leaving me to apologize to the other customers and employees standing around. I honestly expected the Cops to show up at any minute.
Well we got out of the store without being arrested, thanks be to God and His infinite mercy.
But the fact remains my seeming inability to keep my mouth shut at times like this is becoming heavier on my heart each time it occurs.
When the thoughts of all the evil in this world and how it is affecting us in the market place come into my mind, I have not yet been able to learn to be still and quiet waiting for a word from God, that would bring life and hope to the situation. Instead all to often I’ve found myself doing just the opposite and blurting out my frustrations. 😥
I realize too that each time this happens I am missing an opportunity to speak a blessing rather than a curse over the person I’m having the interaction with. I also know I must give account for these words one day.😥
Do any of you face similar problems? I would very much covet your prayers, that whatever the root cause of this is in me would be healed and I would find deliverance from my forward speaking tounge.
What did James say?
“5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (Jam 3:5-10, KJV)