Once upon a time when I worked in a wonderful bank that cared about both its employees and customers, there came to us a very, very grouchy, unhappy and snappy (boy am I waxing poetic today) customer.
In those early days I was working in the drive-in part of our bank and there were three of us, with each one taking a turn for a week at handling the first window which was the business and busiest window.
His normal daily routine would be to throw his bank bag into the sliding drawer with a scowl on his face and then turn away somewhat disgustedly while we did the deposit. Each one of us would always say thank you and have a nice day, to which he would reply..."scowl, grump, scowl" and take off hurriedly like we had just wasted his time. It got to the point where my two fellow companions dreaded his arrival.
Well, God had His Hand in this and inspired me to do something outrageous. Although I sorely wanted to change this man's ways, I know this was another God moment because it surprised me too. The next time he came by, with the same attitude and grumpiness, never replying to anyone, instead of just saying thank you, I said (in a VERY nice, sweet and meaningful tone) thank you, Sunshine. He looked up at me like I had used a cattle prod on him, then left out as usual. Each day I continued to use the same term, even saying "Good morning, Sunshine" when he arrived. When the initial shock subsided, he slowly started smiling...the other two ladies were speechless. Even when I wasn't taking my turn at that window, I would make a special effort to go over to it just to give him his greeting and THEN, he actually started saying thank you along with smiling!!!
Finally, he, who could barely stand to come to the bank before, started talking to each of us when he came and sharing a little of his day. The very best day came when, about a month or so later, he told us "You know, my favorite part of the day is coming to this bank." It was no longer just a title, he had truly become Mr. Sunshine!! God can work wonders when we let Him use us!
This would have been Mr. Sunshine in the early days:
Two friends met in the street. One looked sad and almost on the verge of tears. The other man said, "Hey my friend, how come you look like the whole world has caved in?" The sad fellow said, "Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me 50-thousand dollars." "That's not bad at all...!"
Two kids went into their parents bathroom and noticed the weigh scale in the corner. "Whatever you do," cautioned one youngster to the other, "Don't step on it!" "
Why not?" asked the sibling.
"Because every time mommy does, she lets out an awful scream!"******
~~~Thank you Lord for the blessings You give us when we say yes to things that seem so impossible to change.