Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Clear Conscience

Who knew that the day after our bible study addressing having a clear conscience, I would be tested...and FAIL!
Let me start by painting a picture of my ordeal at Target this morning...While shopping with Lucas and having a buggy full of merchandise, my little guy poops. I have no diapers or wipes in my bag (a result of my laid-back mommyness that so often bites me in the butt). No problem, though, because I'm at Target and near the baby aisle. So I pick up a box of diapers and a small bag of wipes (to purchase) and proceed to the dressing room to change my little man. I ask the lady at the counter if I could change him in the family room, and she says "have you purchased that?" "No, but I will after I change his diaper and finish shopping." "No you can't do that until you buy it first." "Mam, I have no diapers in my purse, and he has pooped, please may I change him now." She says fine, but while I am changing Lucas, she calls her manager to the back. When I'm finished she makes me wait to be escorted to the front to make my purchase. I said "This is ridiculous, I'm not even finished shopping." At this point I felt like a thief and didn't hide how angry I was. When the manager finally came back five minutes later, so takes the diapers to escort me to the front. I explained that I wasn't finished shopping and didn't want to make 2 purchases. I had to convinced her to take them to the front for me while I finished shopping. I am still very upset with the way the situation was handled. I truly felt like they thought I was a sneaky thief trying to get away with something...
HOWEVER, the point of my story is to say that regardless of the situation I should not have treated the dressing room lady so rudely. She was just doing her job (although I wish she were more sympathetic to a mom with no diapers). So after carrying a guilty conscience all afternoon, I followed the advice of Nancy Leigh and more importantly of God's word, and I called the lady and apologized for being so rude to her. She was grateful and we ended our conversation in a friendly way. I do feel better having apologized...thank you bible study girls for helping me to know that I needed to seek forgiveness and keep my conscience clear.

5 comments:

It's a Mom Thing said...

That's interesting. This Bible Study has been so good on so many levels. I hope we'll be more sensitive to the Spirit in the situations we'll encounter in our future. I think you handled yourself well. While I agree that they could have been more sympathetic to you, I understand where they are coming from. It's a huge chain store and they probably deal with people trying to sneak things out on a daily basis. Glad it all worked out.

Tres Alejandros said...

Way to keep your conscience clear...a great example you are setting to all of us!

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Shelby said...

You are too funny... I think I would have avoided the whole hassle of trying to use unpaid things first and would have just bought them so I wouldn't have had to deal with all that mess! But, being the mom of a little one who wets his pants OFTEN and sometimes does the other unexpectingly too, I understand where you're coming from. Glad you were able to work things out with the people there. Thanks for sharing and for being transparent with us!! Love you too!

Caroline said...

You know, I had to giggle a bit because I can SO see myself reacting in the exact same way! However, I don't think I would have continued to shop there that day! I would have stormed out:)