Since I’ve lived in Kerrville, I’ve flown out of San Antonio International Airport many times for speaking engagements, seminars, and personal travel. In doing so, I’ve created a frequent flyer routine. I always park in Parking Lot B. When I’m clearing security, I always get in the line on the far right because it’s quicker. Once I clear security, I always peruse Raising Cane’s Fried Chicken just to get a “whiff” of the fried goodness, but I don’t buy. Then, I head for Starbucks, where I do buy. And finally, I make a stop at the Shoe Shine booth for a fresh shine of the shoes—my most important stop.
Working there is a young man named Alden. Alden never went to college because he couldn’t afford it. After graduating high school, he began shining shoes to pay the bills. Now, after years of working hard to earn a living, Alden’s job might be up in the air. San Antonio International Airport is getting an “Extreme Makeover”, and with all of these updates, new contracts have been acquired. Alden isn’t sure if the new company will hire him back or let him go, but he still shines shoes with enthusiasm and candor, and continually says, “Something will come along”.
Last time I sat in his chair, with a job that I love and that supports my family, I realized I worry more about my life than Alden does his. Alden provides a powerful reminder—one which originated with our Savior; “…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
Is it ok to be concerned? Yes. Is it natural to be stressed? Sure. Should we worry? No.
Jesus asks us, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6: 27) Through worry, we can’t add hours to our life, but we can certainly take them away. Thank you, Alden, for the reminder. Keep Shining.