Have you noticed recent changes at the supermarket?
I felt my cheeks flush with embarrassment, underneath my blue mask, at our grocery store today.
In the produce section, just above the avocado bin, was a large new sign that said: ‘PLEASE DON’T SQUEEZE THE PRODUCE.’
I felt guilty, knowing that I had, in the past, squeezed avocados, checking for ripeness levels.
This is considered to be poor supermarket etiquette, especially now, when everyone fears contamination.
In addition, produce squeezing can damage food, so that no one else will buy it. Store owners don’t appreciate this.
I sheepishly chose five avocados, and finished my shopping, knowing that I would squeeze no more produce.
When we publicly identify as Christ-followers, unbelievers will be watching us. They notice what we say, how we behave towards others, and they notice our manners, including how we treat produce at the store.
May God give us the grace to treat others with kindness and compassion, so that our consistent good example will guide others to the Lord.