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How you treat others matters
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I stopped for lunch in Savannah today at my favorite fast-food place on my way back to the office.

I often plan my hospital visits to coincide with lunch so I can have more choices than our small town allows.

I encountered a problem today. The person at the counter and I were not communicating well.

I knew my meal should be close to $7, but was told that I owed $10.68. So I asked that the order be reviewed.

It took several minutes to figure it out, but we finally got on the same page.

While I was eating, the young lady who had checked me out came by my table.

“Thanks for not yelling at me,” she said.

As she started to walk away I responded, “Wait a minute. You didn’t do anything to make me yell at you.”

And then she said, “Well, other people have yelled at me for making that mistake.”

I told her I was sorry for that, and I thanked her for coming to speak to me. We both smiled and went about our day.

But I could not help but think about her face as she talked about how she had been treated. And here’s what concerns me the most: Who would treat someone that way over a minor mistake?

And is it possible that the person yelling would be a professing Christian? Could it be you?

I have to admit that I have gotten mad about things that should not matter. I’ve lost my temper more than I care to admit.

But I pray I will never treat someone at the restaurant or the store or the doctor’s office or anywhere else the way this young lady had been treated by some customer before me.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Jesus said.

The Golden Rule. We’re not saved by obeying this rule. But we do show that we are saved as we live this way.

Please be careful how you treat others. The world is watching you. You may be the only example of Christian that someone sees today.

Leave a good impression. It’s the least that you can do.

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