“Hello, welcome to Zales. What can I help you with today?” This is the typical greeting that my coworkers and I use at work to greet guests. Do you know what response we get sometimes? Nothing. Complete silence. To make matters worse, customers will look at us as we speak to them and STILL say nothing. My response to myself is, “I know they heard me.” This week, Jesus really dealt with me on this reoccurring incident. It was like every day it got worse with customers not speaking back, and God was using each guest to teach me to not be easily offended.
I believe that we should all work on not being easily offended; especially at the work place, home, with your significant others, and with strangers. Proverbs 19:11 states, “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” We should all be patient, understanding, and empathetic towards others. We never know what one is truly going through, and we don’t know everyone’s personality. Look at all situations differently, and as chances to practice not being so easily offended. When that customer doesn’t speak back, it’s okay. When someone says something that you don’t like, choose to not be offended. Charles Swindoll has a quote that says, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” The truth about this quote is that we have a choice on how we react to situations that happen to us. Choose happiness, joy, and of course to not be easily offended.