I often will tell others when they ask about another that it is not my story to tell. This is a good policy to give respect to others especially your children. What you think is cute or profound could make them feel embarrassed or violated when they are not given the heads up or option of you not sharing.
Bottomline: Don’t share others’ stories unless you get permission.
This even goes for good news others have to share!
Someone just got engaged or found out they are having a baby, don’t steal their thunder. Keep your lips sealed and let them have the joy of sharing their good news.
Ok, I am off my salt box now and it really has nothing to do with the following except a catchy blog title to say the story below is not my story.
It was a shared post on someone’s fb page and I don’t even know who originated it to give them credit, but thought it was too good not to share. Enjoy and apply its truths.
“I was at the grocery store and heard a loud crash and something shattering. Being nosy, I walked towards the sound and saw some people whispering and looking back to the end of the next aisle.
When I walked down that aisle, I saw an older lady had hit a shelf containing dishes with her cart and many had fallen to the ground and broke.
She was kneeling on the floor embarrassed, frantically picking up the shattered pieces, while her husband was peeling off the bar code from each broken dish saying ‘Now we will have to pay for all this!’
I felt so bad for her, and everyone was just standing there staring at her! I went and knelt beside her and told her not to worry and started helping her pick up the broken pieces.
After about a minute, the store manager came and knelt beside us and said, ‘Leave it, we will clean this up. Let’s get your information so you can go to the hospital and have that cut on your hand looked at.’
The lady, totally embarrassed said, ‘I need to pay for all this first.’
The manager smiled, helped her to her feet and said, ‘No ma’am, we have insurance for this, you do not have to pay anything!’
For you who have read this so far, I would like you to take a minute. Wherever you are, close your eyes, and imagine God doing the same for you!
Collect the pieces of your broken heart from all the blows life has thrown at you.
God will heal all your wounds, and I assure you that your sins and mistakes will be forgiven.
You see, we all have the same insurance, and it’s called grace.
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and ask for forgiveness, the Manager of the universe, God, will say to you ‘Everything has already been paid for, now go on your way, all is forgiven!'”
And I say a big loud and proud amen! What’s your take away from the story? How can you share with others so they can be less embarrassed, less frazzled, and feel more of God’s love?
Be His hands and feet extended as that lady was in the grocery aisle helping the poor women with the mess she made. We can all have messes from time to time, but aren’t you glad God is always there to pick up the pieces. Again, I say amen!
“” Matthew 5.16
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