Chocolate Factory

Source: Getty Images

During the summer I journeyed with a friend to Germany to work in a well-known chocolate factory. However, we were given a very cold welcome by the 400 employees. One woman was particularly grumpy towards me. One day, she committed a big mistake that could have been very costly for her.

Instead, when the section manager arrived, without hesitation, I took the blame for that mistake. Severely reprimanded, I was told that it could cost me my job if it happened again. Yet I was happy: I had done it for Jesus in her. That gesture impressed my colleagues. From then on the atmosphere at work changed; we began to treat each other more cordially and, when the time came to leave them, it felt like leaving a real family behind.

(Krisztina, Romania)

At the Supermarket

Source: Getty Images

I went over to the usual supermarket to pick up some things for a supper with thirty boys at our house, and since I would be busy at a meeting for a few days, I thought I would buy many things in one trip so I could then stock them at home. As I was piling the groceries onto the check-out counter, I noticed the woman behind had only a few items. I let her go first. Behind her was an elderly woman with ten tissue boxes, whose husband had gone to get a case of water.

When her husband came, I also let them go ahead of me. After my items had been punched, I began filling up my many shopping bags. In the end, the cashier handed me the receipt and told me: “Today you don’t have to pay anything!” I thought it was a joke. So the cashier asked me my name. “Chiu,” I said. Then, I heard over the loudspeaker: “Today, Miss Chiu has won 107 dollars!” I never imagined something like this would have happened to me after I loved my neighbors behind me in the queue!

(Chiu, Hong Kong)

Grocery Stores

Grocery Stores
Source: Getty Images

I run a grocery store and so I’m used to the commercial world where profit comes first – not the customer. One day however, I met several Christians who try to put Jesus’s commandment of love into practice. I thought: if they can do it, why can’t I? The next morning I thought: I don’t want to go on weighing the goods with two heavy pieces of cardboard lining the shopping bag; from now on, I’ll only use a light piece of paper. Then I felt such a great sense of joy and freedom, I had discovered that loving opened up new horizons to me.

(Beppino, Italy)


Facebook Comments


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.