I walked up. "Can I have a 'blah-blah-blah'?" I asked the girl behind the register, barely looking her in the eye.
I finished, paid for my coffee and walked to the side to wait for my drink to be made.
My train of thought followed to a topic I know much about: human trafficking.
It's people being used. It's a mindset that a product or service that a person can provide is more important than they are.
I've discussed this mindset with many people. I hate it, and I hate the way it saturates our culture.
I watched her take the order of the next person in line, and I stood there, convicted. I had just treated the girl in a way that showed to her that in the moment, the drink I wanted her to give me was more important to me that she was. And she noticed.
But had I stopped, smiled, looked her in the eye, genuinely asked how she was and waited for an answer, how differently she would have felt. How differently I would have felt.
I had the opportunity to treat a person like a treasure, and I missed it.
Today, don't let the devil hurry you past the souls that are all around you. Move slow, and treat each person like the real gem they are.
Souls are at stake, we have no time to waste.