I had an interesting thing happen to me the other day that I’m still thinking about.
The entire family was loaded up in our van and we were headed to meet up with my in-laws to celebrate Mother’s Day. We stopped for gas and my wife ran in to get a soda.
That’s when I heard a male voice say, “Hey, man! Congratulations!” It was a guy I had never seen before in his late teens or early twenties a gas pump over and it was obvious he was talking to me.
I’ll admit that I was a little weirded out but I took the bait and asked why he was congratulating me. His response caught me off guard.
He replied, “Because it looks like you got it all… Wife, kids, nice van…”. What do you say after that? Thanks was all I could mutter. He went on to say, “I hope to have all that someday. Gotta get through a couple years of college first.”
Then he hung up the pump, grabbed his receipt, wished me well, and drove off.
It was certainly an odd exchange and one that has been occupying my thoughts today.
Was that guy simply a nice, young man that hopes to have a family someday? Was he someone who likes to catch strangers off guard with a quick and odd conversation? Or was that really God reminding me to be thankful for all I have?
I’m not sure but I can tell you I will remember that brief conversation the next time I start to throw myself a pity party wishing I had more.
“The last time I threw myself a pity party very few people came and none of them brought presents!” – Zig Ziglar
Ever had an interaction with a stranger that got you thinking?