Those Who Serve

I read an article on line this morning listing the many complaints Costco employees made about their customers.  Here are a few:

  • Having an attitude about being asked to show their membership card at the front of the store
  • Taking perishable items out of refrigerated cases and then leaving them on a shelf to spoil
  • Leaving their cart in the check out line and going back to shop some more
  • Leaving carts randomly around the parking lot instead of in the corral
  • Acting in a rude or belittling way when speaking to employees
  • Failing to control young children who race around the store endangering themselves and others

These are only a sampling of the behaviors people in retail jobs encounter every day.

It made me stop and think about all the people who serve us in different ways.  Somebody delivers my newspaper every day;  somebody stocks the grocery store shelves, rings up and bags my purchases;  somebody checks out my books at the library, somebody services my car and somebody cuts my hair.  My life would be much harder and less pleasant if many people weren’t willing to serve.  Yes, they are being paid, but that does not excuse me from being courteous and appreciative of all that they do.

As Christians we should remember the verses below:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12-14

This month we’ve talked about how we’re all called to be servants — why not be servants to those who serve us?  Kindness and respect can brighten another person’s day, and so today I challenge you think about and thank all those servants in your life!

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