Lessons Learned In The Tim Horton's Lineup

Lessons Learned In The Tim Horton's Lineup
Blog Writers - Tue Aug 13, 2013 @ 08:02PM
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It’s 5pm on a Tuesday afternoon, my baby brother’s crying in the back seat, and I’m running in to get Tim Horton’s frozen lemonades.  The people in front of me at the till take an extra long time to decide what they want (they look thrifty and the type that NEEDS a deal and MUST stay on the budget), and I’m trying not to get impatient and trying to be kind and hoping to be nice….but I’m still impatient.  They’re wasting my time! 

They seem to finalize their order, but then I watch incredously as the lady says, “Oh, wait, I want to check what kind of sandwich is the best.”  So I stand there, it’s 5:03, and I’m getting a little angry.  Why, it’s almost suppertime!  And I really have to go!  I watch as car after car speeds through the driveway with their cold drinks—ah, maybe the drive-thru was faster after all!  After what seems like an eternity, the lady comes back, tells her husband that their original order was fine, and they pay.  The clerk is making the drinks for them, and I am still waiting there, wondering why in the world Timmy’s doesn’t have faster customer service, and why do customers have to take so long to decide?  After all, isn’t a sandwich a sandwich?  Don’t all flavours of ice-cream taste relatively the same?  And isn’t it 5:05? Finally, finally, the guy at the till asks me what I like, only to be interrupted by the customer (still waiting for their sandwiches).  She turns to her husband and says, rather loudly, “You know, that $1.63 deal would’ve saved us a lot more than what we got.”  I cringe. 

And then, surprisingly, I smile.

Since when have I got so uptight?  What happened?And then I smile!  I smile?  I grin at the people who were looking for deals, taking forever, and then saying they got the wrong order?  I smile?!  Seems like a paradox, doesn’t it?  But I smiled!  I grinned because though I have to wait a long time in line, and though I’ve been standing there forever, the world is beautiful and life is still good and this time I have isn’t really mine—it belongs to Him.  And I realize that life goes on—even if my lemonades take too long to make and the people in front of me are very slow and I get home a few minutes too late.  For though things don’t always work out my way, God is good, and I can choose to be happy!  No matter what!  Who cares if I have to wait awhile in line?  Who cares if I am standing behind slow people?  I can make that decision, that effort, that choice, to be happy and to rest totally in God.

Seems pretty funny, doesn’t it, this little story and all.  After all, most of us have had to wait waaaay longer in line; most of us have had to deal with much slower people and way bigger problems then I have.  I mean, honestly, five minutes?  Aren’t there far more bigger problems in life?  Yes, for sure.  And yet, this little ‘inconvenience’ helped me get back on track—it helped me focus on what is real and what matters and just how happy I should be because I know Him.  My goal should be to spread the joy—even to the people who annoy me the most.

I grab my lemonades, still grinning.  The couple smiles back at me and it seems like the whole world is smiling

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