The Couragious Life #2, the shopping cart….

DEUTERONOMY 6:13 pp “….do what is right, do what is good in the GOD’s sight so you will live a good life….” message

On a hot, sticky Saturday this July we (the Millers) were at Walmart. Due to the EXTREME heat and short fuses, the mature Millers (the parents) were grumpy and the offspring were restless. The crowded store had not soothed the savage beasts….or us! And we had not succeeded in finding that one blissful item that would make our day! Bummer! So we rolled the cart out of the store, unloaded the necessities from the cart and got in the van.

The kids noticed that the cart was just standing there…in the parking lot. But, nobody moved to push it to the cart corral 3 spaces away. And it was hot! And we were all in a mood. And it is just a shopping cart……

What kind of person cares about a shopping cart? After all, I am a healthcare professional! Educated to better the lives of others. And, I am a busy man. A working man. A husband (grumpy yet). A father. And a Christian. I have a full life. REPEAT! A full life! I am too busy to push a cart!

But then…….(don’t you love the suspense)…………my conscience asked questions (or I hear voices…). What would Jesus do? Would he leave that cart? And, what kind of example are you setting for your kids? And to your wife as your strive to improve your service in the kingdom?


Logic stepped in. If you (DAD) put things away, maybe the kids will too! If you (husband) do something good, maybe the grump of the day can ease. If you (CHRISTIAN SHOPPER) put that cart in the corral, the cart retriever will have a little less burden and will sweat less as he works. And (you never know) maybe others will be inspired to return their carts to the corral. You might start a MOVEMENT in the Walmart parking lot of many grumpy husbands/fathers/Christian shoppers who do the right thing! And as the movement grows, you have empowered millions of shopping cart collectors to be kind and do the right thing…………….

I put the cart in the corral!!!! The kids and the missus noticed and acknowledged that it was a good thing.

“do what is right………….” After all, GOD sees you put up the cart.


PRAY! For the Les Ferguson for peace in the loss and wife and child. For the Ellis and Johnsons of Ft. Deposit after the death of Clara, my favorite Aunt Rose’s baby daughter. Recovery for Jeanette Chandler (new kidney) and Patty Self (missus the same kidney). Pray hard for those in pain. BUT, also pray with praise and thanksgiving!!!



One response to “The Couragious Life #2, the shopping cart….

  1. Well Jim you may have prevented an accident. I was in grocery store and came out to the parking lot. It was a windy day and I looked to see a cart rolling on its own across the lot and then gain speed heading down a slope to the entrance/exit of the parking lot onto a main thoroughfare. It crossed the street with no incident. But what if a car came along as the car entered the street. It could have been disastrous. I went into the store and told someone about it so they could retrieve the cart.

    If I had been closer, I would have tried to prevent it. From then I make sure I put my cart away and have put others away that I had not used.

    We should always try to do the right thing and be examples of Christ. We do know that God is watching. But we may be making an impact on someone else whether negative or positive depending on our actions.

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