Saturday, December 6, 2008

random act of kindness?

Don and I were waiting in line to pay for our merchandise. It was one of those types of lines that there's just one line and the cashier calls you up once he/she becomes available. It was late and there wasn't much business going on. There was one cashier who was ringing up a customer and we were next in line.

All of a sudden a little old lady comes up from behind us, says "excuse me," and as we move, thinking she wanted to see some of the merchandise displayed there at the cash registers, she moves past us to stand right behind the current customer at the cash register.

So my question is...
Am I practicing Random Acts of Kindness by not telling this rude sweet little old lady that she just cut in line and that she should go to the end of the line and wait her turn?

Because I really am looking for ways to practice R.A.K., especially during this holiday season.

13 comments:

MightyMom said...

you practiced a small act of generosity by allowing her to not have to wait as long. perfect for my Advent acts of generosity challenge!

:-)

and good for you.

Amber said...

Yes, my R.A.K. would have been to keep my mouth shut. Though I am more known for just the opposite. You are a great example, dearie. :-)

jeff@sally said...

I think in random acts of kindness the person knows someone performed an act of kindness towards them. I don't know if this lady understood that. However if you were able to reign in our human attitudes and selfish instints to take back your "rightful" place in the line you were acting with Godly love towards this woman and putting another before yourself. When Jesus says to some, "depart from me for you didn't help me when I had a need," you wont be among that group because in loving this old woman you were really loving our amazing Lord and Savior, Jesus.

diana said...

thanks everyone for your clarification. i understand better. it wasn't a RAK but, like mighty mom said, an act of generosity. kindness of this sorts is what Christ asks of us. not always easy to do. i really wanted to tell the lady to wait her turn.

Penless Thoughts said...

I view this things as "tests" the Lord puts before us to see how WE react. It doesn't really have anything to do with the woman or her motives, be it rudeness or ignorance. I think we encounter many of these "tests" but don't recognize them.
Susan

Jamey said...

I think what you did was very nice, whether that lady knows it or not. And what Susan said has given me something to think about. I too would have wanted to tell that lady to wait her turn and I'm not sure I would have passed the test.

Melissa said...

I feel for you. We have that happen a lot here with the snow bats. I try to tell myself that they are just senile and don't know what they are doing, but most of the times, they know exactly what they are doing.
Yes, count that as a R.A.K.!

heather said...

Keep storing up treasure, I say! I'd say that's wasn't a kindness because she stole the opportunity from you, but you did better than I would have!

Maxine said...

Oh that is too funny, Diana.I probably wouldn't have said anything either and that is definitely a R.A.K. When we run into rudeness from other people, I guess we should pity them and say a prayer for them? And what do we gain by making an issue of it. Of course, on one of those days when we're really pressed for time, we could get really irritated and show it.

Christine said...

Maybe technically it was not a RAK but I think it may even count more. If they steal your shoes...give them your coat as well. (or something like that) If they steal your place in line...well let them. At least she did it politely. She did say excuse me. Hahaha! Too funny. :)

gammamoma said...

Yes, it was kind of you to let the older lady go ahead of you. With all the rush and rude people rushing around and trying to accomplish their schedules, it was just a nice thing to do, without making a comment.

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

That counts as two RAC's, one for letting her cut in front of you, and another for not calling her on her rude behavior.

Short Stop said...

It's just you - the way you are. I tend to have compassion on the elderly. Sometimes I think we think they understand more than they do. My grandmother started to act very rudely at the end - but was such a kind person all her life.

Random? Definitely not random. A reflection of God's deliberate work in your life .