We live in a world if ungrace. It seems like some people are looking for opportunities to stomp all over you instead of offering extravagant gifts like patience, kindness, or a smile.

I experienced this when we stopped by my favorite bagel place for breakfast (and their incredible Chai Tea Latte). I had a coupon and figured it would be the perfect way to begin a road trip with my mom and Caleb. The line was longer than I’ve ever seen. There were only three people working when there should’ve been at least four. People were on their way to work. People needed there coffee. People were mean.

The three employees were working hard. They were moving fast and verifying orders. They were doing a pretty good job despite the pressure to do the impossible. I watched as one customer rolled his eyes and walked out. Another customer seemed to be itching for an argument. Others had looks in their eyes that if their order took one second longer, they would transform into the Hulk.

A tense 15 minutes later I received my order. I thanked the employee and rushed out before I would become the center of scrutiny for where the system had failed. I wanted to yell out, “People, this is a food establishment. These employees are human. The line is crazy. Calm down and show a little grace!” Waiting is part of life. Why are we so quick to be impatient, mean, and rude?

I am choosing to live a life full of grace. Most things can wait. There are very few true emergencies. And if you’re really in that much of a hurry, why are you stopping by the bagel place during breakfast rush hour?!

This is a post in the 31 Days of Grace series.

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  1. Peggy McGowan on October 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    You are amazing, Becky – I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE your posts…..amazing.

  2. Susan Bever on October 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

    so true! so true! Have a wonderful trip!

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