So after reading and hearing so much about the benefits of adding fiber to your diet, I decided to go on a hunt for bran fiber. The idea is to add a teaspoon or two to your meals as you prepare them. No one knows its there and you instantly become healthier and thinner. Or maybe not so instantly. Whatever.
Anyway, I never realized it was so hard to find just plain bran fiber. I went to several grocery stores to no avail. My last stop was Albertson's. I don't usually shop there so I don't know my way around the store. In the interest of saving time, I tapped on the shoulder of a young shelf stocker and asked him if he knew where I could find the bran fiber.
Young shelf stocker: "Oh sure, I can take you right to it."
Me: "Oh thank you - I'm running short of time and I really hoped to get this today."
Young shelf stocker: Kind of mumbling "You must be another Oprah watcher."
Me: "Excuse me?"
Young shelf stocker: "Oh, I was just thinking that you must be one of those Oprah watchers."
Me: "What makes you think that?"
Young shelf stocker: "Oh everytime Oprah recommends something, the shelves empty like magic. I'm just thinking she must have recommended bran fiber."
And he led me straight to a shelf containing jars of Metamucil!
I didn't want to burst his bubble by telling him that Metamucil was not the bran fiber I was planning to add to my food or that I am not a big Oprah watcher. That I don't even care all that much for Oprah. (Yikes, I hear the sound of internets crashing everywhere around the world with that admission! She's okay - it's just that I don't think she is the end all, if you know what I mean.) But it made me laugh that this young man thought I was an Oprah groupie.
And as I was using the self-pay register to pay for my purchase of Metamucil (I so didn't want to disappoint the young shelf stocker, and you never know when Metamucil might come in handy) it made me think about how much power and influence one person can have. And it made me consider the power and influence I have with people in my little world. My world isn't nearly as big as Oprah's :) but I am an influence, none the less. As we all are. And I began wondering if I use that power and influence in a way that is consistently honoring to God. I know I fall short many times. But I also know I can keep on trying. Because that is what it is all about. And God's mercy fills in the gaps.
And oh yes, I almost forgot. You can find bran fiber in the health food sections of most grocery stores.