We’re going to jump on a huge issue in the American church. We’re statistically terrible to service people. Those who work in the service industry hate Sundays because they know how many of us are going to show up and treat them terribly, overwork them, and leave them with little to no tip. It’s bad. Like really bad. People in the service industry think of Christians and they think mean, cheap, hateful, and rude. This isn’t what Jesus wanted. He said we’d be known by the way we have love one for another.
What would it look like if we carried biblical principles into restaurants with us? What would it look like if we didn’t treat servants like slaves but instead saw this as our opportunity to serve them? What if we were patient with them (even when they forget to refill)? What if we asked how they were doing, made sure we were nice and kind when they came by our table? What if we engaged them and talked to them like actual people? What if we worked to serve them by making their night a little bit better? What if we left a tip, a big one, regardless of their service? What if we wanted to bless them, show them grace and love, and treat them the way Jesus treats us?