Grocery Cart Theology

What a Grocery Cart Taught Me About Practicing What I Preach

There will come a point of “connect” for everyone, where what they say and what they do collide. That collision will either allow your words and actions to embrace or reject one another. Mine just so happened with a grocery cart.

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Last Friday my wife and I were on our regular date night. Really it’s a date day because we go early, but that’s beside the point.

My wife has her regular stores she likes to peruse after our meal, and I will either attend to “man stores” or hang in the truck to nap or read. I was parked outside of one such store, and that’s where I got some grocery cart theology.

I pulled into a spot that had a cart sitting just on the other side of the line in the spot in front of me. A couple cars came and went from the spot never touching the cart.

Eventually a lady in a truck pulled in, and what happened? She hit the cart. Where did it go? It went into the front end of my truck. She looked at me as I popped my head up and raised my arms. She immediately got out and walked into a store. Because I was unable to confront about it before she got out and went into a store, I decided to take action.

I’m not going to lie. I may have said a few cuss words.

Now Galatians 5:17 tells us,

For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

And to be honest, my flesh was winning for the moment. I got out and moved the cart right next to her driver door. I returned to the truck “justified” in my actions.

As I sat there I felt the Spirit prodding me.

Is this truly “living by Christ?”

Is this treating others the way I want to be treated, or treating others the way they have treated me?


I got out and returned the cart to the proper store, which happened to be at the other end of the shopping strip.

It truly was a case of grocery cart theology. Time to put up or shut up. Are you gonna practice what you preach, or are you going to let the flesh win out? Are you gonna be right or be in relationship?

I’m thankful the Lord used a grocery cart to humble me and help me to walk by His Spirit rather than by my flesh.

Friends, be attentive to the Spirit. He may just use a grocery cart to teach you a lesson.

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