The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23.

Saturday I did ok with love, peace, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I fell short on patience and kindness. At the time, I felt justified, but failure is failure. Let me tell you the story.

I stopped in at Safeway to pick up food for lunch. There were several check-out registers open, and lines at each one. I chose one with only one person in front of me, and the conveyer belt was only about half full. I was thinking of Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail when the knight tells Indy, “You have chosen wisely.”

I quickly found out, I had not. The cashier and the women checking out were old friends. They were catching each other up on family, friends, medical issues, and work. I know this because I heard it all from right behind them. The cashier would scan an item, stop, and gesture and visit. Scan an item, stop, gesture and visit.  And so it went over and again.

Another women put her items on the conveyer behind mine, and stood there for about five minutes. She then scooped her items up, went to another checkout saying to me, “Good luck.”

When it was finally my turn, I did say good morning but that was it. I was hungry, frustrated, and just not happy. The very nice cashier tried to engage me in conversation, but all she got out of me were monosyllables.

Usually, I am very chatty and try to make people checking me out laugh, to brighten their day. Not Saturday—I was impatient and less than kind. Of course, once I cooled down some, I regretted my actions. Also, of course, the Scriptures came to mind and nudged me.

For several weeks, I have been doing a personal study of the Fruit of the Spirit, but when push came to shove, I forgot them for just a few minutes. I felt terrible about it.

LESSON LEARNED. Always better to take a moment, count to ten, and go from there.