A couple months ago, while I was crowding around a table with others during a charity bake sale at work, I noticed a particular woman from one of the service departments who was also looking over the items. I didn't pay much attention to her at first because I was busy focusing on the specialty cookies, cupcakes and nut breads our co-workers had made, and trying to decide among them.
Each item cost $1 and I had brought a $10 bill with me, willing to spend all of it depending on what was there.
But while I was looking, I was distracted by this co-worker who mentioned a couple of times how good everything looked, but she didn't know if she should buy anything. She repeated it so often that I was getting a little annoyed.
For one thing, the area was crowded, and she was blocking the way for others by just standing there. I felt like asking her to please move to the side while she was making up her mind, or even suggesting if she couldn't decide, she could buy a few things because the money was going to charity.
And then I heard Elaine, another woman who was there, quietly say, "Carol, you do so much work for me all the time. Why don't you let me get something for you as a thank you?" Immediately Carol's face lit up and she enthusiastically replied "Yes!"
I can't tell you how ashamed and humbled I was as Carol eagerly accepted the brownie with the thick chocolate icing. Money apparently was a little tight for her and she hesitated at the idea of spending a dollar – even if it was going to a charity.
Instead of being so busy perusing the wares and seeing how much I could buy for myself, I should have been following Elaine's example and listening more closely to what those around me were really saying.
"(She) who has ears to hear, let (her) hear." – Matthew 11:15