How many times have you gone to get a drink from the pop machine or get creamer for your coffee only to find a fellow customer standing in the way, taking their own sweet time? Now ask yourself this, how many times was that customer you?
It’s not that we don’t have a right to put the plastic lid on our drink cup, it’s just that it’s a whole lot more considerate to do so in a way that lets others get what they need as well. So rather than standing right in front of the pop machine while you unwrap your straw and put it into your cup, think about how you can get what you need and get out of the way. Perhaps this means you step to the side. Perhaps it means you pour in your creamer, and return to your table before you stir your coffee.
As Paul tells us in Philippians 2:4, "Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." (New Living Translation)
And the next time you're in line to get your drink or condiments and a customer ahead of you is oblivious to those around him/her, try to be patient. Use the few seconds of delay to thank God that you live in a society that has such luxuries as pure cane sugar and bountiful drink options.