I would like to ask you these simple questions today: How often do you get moody? What does it take to irritate you? Are you easily agitated? How do you feel if you work really hard every month, long hours, week-ends and when pay day finally arrives you still can’t make ends meet?

I quite recently heard two ladies complaining about how moody a cashier was with them during a visit to a local shop. How the cashier couldn’t even put a smile on her face when greeted. This got me thinking, why do you think that cashier was cranky? Maybe because it was a Sunday morning? What if she had previously dealt with rude customers? What if she was exhausted because she left work late the night before and she had to work a double shift? What if she has to walk home late at night because she couldn’t find transport? What if she has to wake up at four on a Sunday morning to get to work at seven? There are so many reasons this cashier could have been cantankerous over. Life isn’t always as it seems and if you can come home from work feeling dismal, exhausted and simply not in the mood, what makes the cashier any different from you. How would you feel if you were having disastrous day and someone came and offered you an encouraging word or a kind gesture. I’ve been in that situation so often and a kind word really makes all the difference. In 1 Peter 4:8 Jesus calls us to love one another. It says “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” It doesn’t say only love those who are happy and loveable. It doesn’t say only love those who will love you back.

So today make it a habit to always greet the cashier because they stand the whole day, including Sundays scanning food items for people who can’t even give them a kind smile or ask them how they are doing. Make it a habit to encourage the petrol attendants and engage with the waiters/waitresses. It must completely suck to stand day in and day out at a tollgate taking R10.50 from people who are in a constant hurry to get where they’re going. The reality remains that someone has to do these jobs, it’s not ideal but it pays their bills. Jesus teaches us to love and be kind to others. I once read this quote “I just want people to see Christ in me. I don’t even care if they know my name as long as they get to know my God.”

I’m not judging anyone because I’m so far from perfect it’s scary, rather I’m trying to encourage you to encourage others because kindness has a ripple effect.

We are called to be Christ like. I want to challenge you to think these four words in every situation you face, WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?