This is the particular season that my heart especially goes out to retail workers, Christian and otherwise. Lord, please grant us the patience to shop with awareness of the stress levels of retail workers. We need to be mindful to flow in love while we stand in lines, browse and search for what suits us. The Bible teaches about gentleness, kindness, and courtesy. Galatians 5:22 – KJV, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” Colossians 3:12 – KJV, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”
Increasingly, some shoppers are inconsiderate and unruly. I’m super grateful for those who have compassion for the long hours, frazzled nerves, sacrifices and challenges faced by the many retail workers, particularly doing the Christmas holiday season. Also, I have a deep appreciation for the services rendered by the retail population and what they have to deal with on a regular basis from all sorts of personalities. Certainly, they deeply appreciate customers who treat them with respect and kindness.
As a former retail worker, I have awareness of the varied attitudes of patrons. Often, complaints are readily rendered – not so, though, with compliments. There’s a saying that has been expressed. That is, “The customer is always right.” It’s been awhile since I’ve heard or read that. Of course, truly, the customer isn’t always right. Mutual courtesy and cooperation go a long way, indeed. “Please,“ “thank you,” and “excuse me” never go out of style. 1 Peter 3:8 – KJV, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:”
Christian businesses certainly make positive differences. I’m glad that they operate representing the love of the Lord. Shopping at Christian establishments has its own level of satisfaction. Caring and sharing tools and resources that aid in godly development holds richness beyond material realms. I’ve had fulfilling experiences being a patron of Christian businesses where staff members are consistently loving, professional, skilled and thorough in the help that they provide. Of course, such quality service isn’t limited to Christian employees. Gratitude extends to whosoever offers excellent and caring attention, especially this time of year.
Thank you, Lord, that you have folks in place who nobly represent godly conduct in the retail industry. Please help us shoppers during this hectic season to extend love, respect, and kindness to employees, Christian and otherwise, who work in a business environment that has frequent challenges.