“Thank You for Teaching Me”

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Last night I ran into a store to pick up just one item. I went straight to a section where I thought it might be, but couldn’t find it. An official-looking person was right there, so I asked for help. She looked at me like I was speaking another language. After a couple of tries, she suggested I talk to someone else.

At the other end of the aisle, another employee was putting up stock. She wasn’t familiar with what I was looking for either, but she left her stock in the aisle and went back with me to the same section where I had been before. Pretty soon I found exactly what I wanted and showed it to her.

This is a product that I have found very useful, so I told her about how I use it and what a blessing it has been to me. She listened intently and then she shocked me with the words: “Thank you for teaching me.”

I didn’t think of myself as teaching her. I’m grateful to the people who have helped me know how useful this product is and I just wanted to give that gift to someone else.

As I drove away from the store, I kept thinking about her sweet, humble attitude. “Thank you for teaching me.” I thought about how important that trait is.

I did another errand, and when I got back in the car, I kept thinking about the importance of her attitude, “Thank you for teaching me.” Suddenly I realized how much I need to have that same sweet, humble attitude when God teaches me.

It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons;
for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
. . . All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful;
yet to those who have been trained by it,
afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Hebrews 12: 7, 11


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