A couple weeks ago, I was sitting in Starbucks getting some work done. It appeared to be a busy morning for the Starbucks employees. I noticed a few of them looked a little more stressed than normal. They were rushing from machine to machine with the signature Starbucks cups, attempting to make the perfect latte for every customer.

I went back to my work after watching the fast-paced action for several minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice that sounded agitated. I looked up to see a man who was yelling at the barista because his drink order was wrong. I couldn’t help but continue watching the interaction. The barista apparently gave the customer the wrong size drink. When I finally stopped to listen, the customer was saying in a loud voice, “I just want my Venti. I don’t care what you have to do, just get me my Venti!” The Starbucks employee put his head down and walked away to go make the man the correct sized drink.

I was taken back by the whole encounter and thought, “How often in life do I tend to overreact in a way that hurts the people around me?” It’s interesting how easy it is to assume that everything in life should go our way and when it doesn’t, we think we have the right to be upset about it.

I can’t help but wonder how the customer at Starbucks made the employee feel in those moments. Something tells me the employee didn’t leave that encounter feeling good about life. God wants us to lift others up instead of tearing them down.

Colossians 3:12-13 says,

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

Because God forgives us and shows us love and mercy, we have to do our best to extend the same love and mercy to the people around us. Instead of letting our frustrations get the best of us, we should ask God to humble us, so that we can love the people around us well.