All of us want to be the boss.
You know this is true!
Because if you sit in any lunch room, employee lounge, break room, or bar in the world you will hear people talking about work and how they think they could do a better job running the whatever than the person in charge.
We even claim to have the magic solution to all of the world’s problems like global warming, capital punishment, quarterbacking an NFL football team, and parenting someone else’s kids.
I mean, if someone would just take the time to ask us (or at least listen) the world would be a much better place. Yet, as ludicrous as this may sound, hardly ever does anyone ask us our opinion and we are left to wallow in our own pool of “genius” while the world keeps goofing it all up around us.
“If only I could be king for the day!” we think, “THEN things would be different!”
However, when it seems that all hope is lost and we are destined to be followers the rest of our lives while idiots lead us into mediocrity, we find an oasis where we can be king. Where we can be the boss of what happens and get things done our way.
That hidden kingdom is known as…the restaurant.
That’s right, that place where some people know your name and a few are paid to take care of all your dining needs.
- Need a glass of water? Sure! It can come with lemon or cucumber if you’re weird that way.
- You want a steak prepared medium, well done, rare? Absolutely sir, coming right up. Great choice.
- You want the salad dressing on the side in a cup made out of used gum wrappers spelling your middle name? My pleasure ma’am.
I see it every time I go out to eat and you know that I’m right about this one too.
There is always that guy or girl who is venting their pent up Napoleon Complex on the poor waiter or waitress that drew the shortest straw when getting their magic table. They use sarcastic tones, rude language, and rarely make eye contact. After all they’re just the “hired help” in their eyes so why take the time to acknowledge them?
This drives me absolutely nuts and can make my blood boil at times.
I’m willing to bet that 99.9% of the wait staff we encounter weren’t planning on going “pro” at waitering. These are hard working, college students, fathers, mothers, grandmothers, teachers, and other professionals trying to make a few extra dollars and the last thing they need is our grief as they do it.
I know this seems oddly specific and a bit soapbox-ish but stick with me for a second.
As Christians we are to realize that every person has worth and value equal to that of the next. When we decide to place our value, our worth, our needs higher than that of another we’ve lost sight of God’s vision.
The wait staff at the restaurant is just one glowing example but you can easily see this degraded human condition at the checkout line at Target, the gas station worker, the janitor at your job, the homeless person by the stop lights, and on and on I could go.
Put simply, what if Jesus was your waitress?
When we decided to become Christians and follow our Lord and Savior we decided on a different path. A path that chooses love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, and self-control. The fruit that only the Spirit can provide and the exact opposite food group the world sustains itself on.
We have the opportunity and the responsibility to be light within the world. To be different than the status quo. To not settle for doing what everyone else is doing and do what God wants us to be doing.
I believe the proof of whether we are getting this truth is in the way we treat one another.
John says it painfully clear in 1 John 2:9-11
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”
Christians, I urge you to check your light meter and make sure it’s working no matter where you go. Don’t allow yourself a “day off” from treating your brother or sister well when there is so much at stake.
And the next time you are in a restaurant remember the 3 T’s of wait staff interaction.
- Talk to them as people.
- Treat them with respect.
- Tip them well before you leave.
Who knows, that young man bringing you drinks today may be your boss tomorrow.