Sunday, November 29, 2009

Day 333- Seven Packs of Cigarettes

It's easy to get impatient when waiting in line at a convenience store, but waiting is a blessing when you are wondering what you will say to the clerk. As I watched my cashier taking his sweet time to find the brand of cigarettes the lady in front of me requested, I grabbed a gospel tract out of my coat pocket. I then watched him drop the lady's change and then head to the back of the store (perhaps to get more change). As the line began to grow behind me, I realized that all of this waiting was because of seven packs of cigarettes. The lady in front of me looked toward my direction as if she wished to apologize for the inconvenience. There was no apology needed, just an opportunity to share the good news.

Me: How much does a pack of cigarettes cost these days?

Lady: Almost four dollars a pack!

Me: Wow, do you think this would cover the cost (handing her a million dollar gospel tract)?

Lady: Yes, I think so (laughing).

Me: Read the back when you get a chance. It is a gospel tract.

The slowest clerk in the history of man finally returned with the lady's change. As I made my way back to the car, I watched the lady read the tract with her husband in their car. That was well worth the wait.

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