My family and I went to a Mexican restaurant the other day, and an interesting thing happened, which grabbed my attention. We had 2 servers, the main waitress, and then the guy that brought out the chips and salsa. Well, funny thing is, our waitress was not very thorough in her service, or she half- heartedly did her job, whereas the other server seemed like he was doing more of her job, regardless of whether or not it was in his job description.
In the first instance, upon arrival, my husband noticed that our table had not been fully cleaned, so, guess who arrived, just in time…the server with the chips. For now, we’ll refer to him as Mike. So my husband, even though bothered, politely asked Mike if he would mind having someone take care of the issue. So, before we knew it, Mike was back with a towel, cleaning, and mind you, our waitress, whom we’ll call Misty, had previously told us she would be back to clean the table, but there was no follow through. Mike quietly, and without a fuss, made sure the table was in proper position for eating. I expressed a verbal “thank you” to Mike for handling that for us.
In the second instance, Misty, noticed we had three little boys with us, and brought three kid menus to the table, therefore, the kids could color and would be fully occupied. However, when we began to open the menus for the boys, we noticed there were pages to color, but no crayons. So again, who happened to pass by just in time…good ole Mike! 🙂 So this time, I nicely asked Mike, “Do you mind bringing us some crayons please”? He quietly agreed, left to take someone else their chips, and then came back by our table and my husband heard him say, “I’ll get your server for you”. So at this point, I’m expecting Misty to return with crayons at any moment, but each time she came, we got Misty, but no crayons. 😦 I asked my husband wasn’t Mike supposed to get the crayons, but my husband informed me, “He said he would get our server”. So the next time Misty came to the table, I asked her, “Do you have any crayons for the kids”? She replied, “If the lady didn’t give you any when you came in, then there probably weren’t any left”. I clearly noticed there was no initiative on her part to check on her own, or make sure there weren’t any more crayons, and I have to admit I was slightly annoyed by that response. So, at this point, the boys are getting a little restless, then as soon as I look up, who was arriving, in the nick of time, with three packages of crayons in their hands….you guessed it…good ole Mike! 🙂 This time, Mike received hearty appreciation and thanks because he came just before meltdowns happened, and he took it upon himself to go the extra mile! Right when we thought he had either forgotten or we were expecting Misty, we were thankfully surprised by Mike’s return.
Don’t we all appreciate when we feel a waiter has shown great service and has gone further than they had to, especially when something may not have even been in their particular job description? Now, why did Mike follow through with his actions or even bother going the extra mile to take care of what we, the customers, needed? I would say, Mike had a servant’s heart and attitude. Whereas Misty, held the main position of being our server, her heart was not into it, and we got responses that were given in assumption and there was no “extra” anything on her part. What was in Mike’s heart, showed in his actions, and who do you think was viewed as the better server in our eyes…you already know…good ole Mike! 🙂 What did Jesus say? “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11 KJV). This was definitely the truth in this case. Mike was the greatest among the two, and as far as we know it, will be regarded and remembered for his diligence in serving.
May I ask, “what’s in your heart”? We all need to work on having a servant’s heart, just as Jesus served those in whom He came in contact with, and we all know that Jesus was most definitely The Greater One! God looks at the heart and He, in return, honors those who display that attitude of faithfulness and diligence. No one can reward us better than God, and we should always remember that, even if we don’t get the proper recognition or appreciation, we should take it to God in prayer, for He is always watching. Matthew 6:6 puts it like this, “But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open” (Matthew 6:6 AMP). That right there is very promising, and it lets us know that God is smiling on our humble attitude and acts of service, and He will do His part in taking care of His children. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, Romans 8:17 further explains, “And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory” (AMP). Whew! That is reward enough, right? 🙂
Let’s remember today that when we are in position to be of service, don’t go about it with an attitude that is very, well how shall we put it…. “misty” :), but instead let’s show the heart that Mike displayed, and most of all, that Jesus instructs us to have. When we take care of God’s business, He, for sure, will take care of ours! Be encouraged my friends!