Imagine this: What if who you thought was serving you was transformed into you serving them?
I’ve heard it in the hair dressing chair many times over….those who are waiters usually don’t love their job. And yes, some do, but usually it seems to be because it’s darn hard to please every single person through the shift. Especially when they (we) put such high demands on them, only to leave you with an average tip.
On our trip, we’ve found (when the fridge is empty) it’s cheaper to go out to a sit down meal verses fast food. IHOP is having a ‘kids eat free from 4-6 this month’! Some would argue its better for you, I’d say it depends on what you are ordering.
Most often there is a quick hello, then order, eat and we are off. Well, this trip we have taken a different rout. And one I know over the years, I have failed at. Getting to know the waiters and those serving you, more easily done if you dine before the dinner rush.
Ask them how there day is, smile at them (even if they don’t.) Show them you realize this may not be their life long dream job, or somehow they got stuck in this position…. Show them, you see them. If you are a Christian….we should always take the opportunity while we have the time to really show our kindness, as they serve.
In the past, I have failed. But what if we took the waiters and waitresses and said. I see you. What is your name? How’s it going tonight? OR as my husband does, usually gives them a word, (always shocked) they seem to want to know more or how you knew that. It usually ends up in prayer and an exchange of numbers. In this exchange our kids usually give them big hugs which usually ends up in smile and tears.
We were at a small diner in Georgia. A young girl was having a meal before her shift. We didn’t know she worked there, but we did notice she had a cast from the upper thigh down to her lower ankle. Charles of course asked to pray for her. She was delighted and pulled up a chair explaining that she sprained it while dancing. As we started praying our waitress was bringing the drinks. We could see she also started praying in the background. As Charles was finishing up his prayer, she was in tears. She was so happy we took the time to pray. She felt tingling in her leg and it seemed to be better!!!! WOW. Does prayer really work? Well, the next day (Halloween Night) we went back. The two girls were there. Along with a Zombie married couple (a little older then Charles and I) who didn’t seem to want to get out of character and talk. It was interesting, but kind of spooky as well. As we asked how the girls were doing Charles asked if he could pray for a co-workers eyes. I wish I had gotten a shot of it, but I just felt the moment was for the Lord. Picture this. A Zombie married couple sitting down at the barstools to eat, watching Charles pray for this young mans eyes. Hmmmmm. It was a sight to see. Dillon’s eyes got better and we all left with smiles on our faces. Oh and the girl,……she did not have her cast on.