Attitudes Of Service

Friday, August 26, 2022
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I stopped into a local fast-food restaurant for a late lunch. The teenager who took my order was obviously a new employee who was still being trained. When my food appeared, he stuffed it into a paper bag. I was waiting at a nearby table, as I planned to stay there and eat. The manager noticed this and asked me, "Is that order for here or to go?" When I verified that I was eating there, he turned to the teenager and instructed him to put it on a tray for me. The boy plopped my food onto the tray, then slid it carelessly across the counter.

With a look of exasperation on his face, the manager said, "No, take it to her table." Reluctantly, the boy did so and quickly set it on the edge of the table, several feet away from me. Again, the manager corrected him, "No, put it in front of her, just so," and demonstrated it. The boy just gave him one of those "Who cares?" looks and walked away, clearly not interested in learning how to provide good customer service. That was a month or so ago; I wonder if he still works there. Did he change his attitude and respond to the manager's instructions?

Matthew 20:26b-28 – Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. (NLT)

How are we serving others? What kind of attitudes and actions are we showing to the world? If we are Christ-followers, we are charged to first love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, then, as an outgrowth of that love, to love our neighbour as ourself. Paul clarifies this further in Philippians 2:4 – "Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." Responding to challenges from the religious leaders in Matthew 23:11, Jesus declared, "The greatest among you must be a servant."

Look at the italicized words: love our neighbour as ourself, take an interest in others, and be a servant. These, and the Scriptures that include them, give us clear guidelines for our interactions with others.

This boy's actions gave me pause: do I have that kind of attitude when I'm in a position to serve others? Do I, so to speak, stuff it in the bag or plop it on the tray? Hopefully, I respond more like the manager: "Do it just so." For the Manager of my life "came not be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)

What can we do today, tomorrow, this week, and into the future to act in such a way that those around us see Christ in us?

Prayer: Father, help us to be faithful and to live for Christ, so that others will see Jesus in us. Help us to lead the lost to life and light. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word Sharon.

    Very eloquently put. Thank you.

    Thanks, Sharon, for good practical, Biblical advice.

    Don’t get me started on today’s customer service. Good application.

    Thank you, Sharon, for sharing this instructive devotional with us. Blessings.

    Thanks for your devotional writing today, Sharon. Would that I always lived so that Christ could be viewed through me!

    We see so much of the non-service attitude.
    My husband belongs to Rotary “service above self” — a very good motto which can be applied in all walks of life!

    It matters how we share the image of Christ in our actions and attitude.
    Thank you, Sharon. Hebrews13 shares this importance which is my lesson for Sunday. I might just borrow your story and experience. Blessings.

    Thank you again!!!!
    from another sis in Christ!
    Keep using and sharing your Divine gifts, wow!!! You sure have a gift for writing.
    May the Holy Spirit guide you as you serve Him in Christ Jesus, precious child, Sharon. Thank you.

    Thanks, Sharon, for another of your special devotionals. It is important that we show attentiveness and care to others as we go about our daily activities and in that way show the way of Jesus. You did a great comparison in your writing demonstrating the negative actions of that server and how is the right way we should act to show how Jesus serves. Blessings as you continue with your thoughtful writings.

    Good morning, Sharon,
    The boy definitely was not suited to do the job he was hired for, hopefully he found something else, and that the manager found another more suitable employee.
    You asked the question. If the sun comes out, I am going to fix my neighbour’s fence this morning.
    Good words this morning, I always enjoy your devotionals.

    Thank you for a good one today that has me thinking, how would I handle a situation like that. Not that I would do it, but I would tell him that if he would follow his boss’s instructions, then treat who he’s waiting on kindly, and will get a nice tip. If not, there will be NO TIP. We as Christians have to handle situations like that, knowing what the Lord expects us to do even though it may be difficult. May the Lord lead us in the small and large issues we face each day and make us blessings.

    Hello Sharon,
    Thank you for your devotional “Attitudes of Service” in the PresbyCan Daily Devotionals. Nice, simple example that says so much. At the end you wrote “What can we do today, tomorrow, this week, and into the future to act in such a way that those around us see Christ in us?” — A question I often ask myself. Matthew 5:16 reads, “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Many people don’t recognize Christ in our actions, as it doesn’t take being Christian to be kind and show charity and humility. What is different that a person would see the love of Jesus through us? Perhaps we are the ones that go that extra mile for someone; I don’t know.

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