I respect anyone serving me at a restaurant or in any way at their job. When back in Indianapolis in September I stayed at the Sheraton downtown. I remember being served breakfast by an elder gentleman at the restaurant. He wore wingtips which provided the initial point of our discussion. This gentleman took great pride in his work, in his service. He was an excellent waiter. He kept my coffee cup full and engaged me concerning the food available, asked me how my morning was going. He had other customers and I’ve no doubt he made them feel equally valuable. I like to tip as much as I can within my meager budget, but this gentleman earned a quality tip, and I was blessed to give it to him.
This man knows something that many do not. This wonderful gentleman understands that servitude is an amazing way to care for people, take pride in performing a service in the best way you know how. The gentleman was an elder, probably in his later 50’s. He had been working there for decades. He took this profession, a waiter, as his calling.
Service is what it is about people, regardless your profession. You serve to receive compensation. You have a customer. One of my favorite exchanges in all the John Wayne movies that are out there was i
n McLintock when he had just hired a young man.
Devlin Warren: I don’t know what to say. Never begged before. Turned my stomach. I suppose I should have been grateful that you gave me the job.
George Washington McLintock: Gave? Boy, you’ve got it all wrong. I don’t give jobs I hire men.
Drago: You intend to give this man a full day’s work, don’tcha boy?
Devlin Warren: You mean you’re still hirin’ me? Well, yes, sir, I certainly deliver a fair day’s work.
George Washington McLintock: And for that I’ll pay you a fair day’s wage. You won’t give me anything and I won’t give you anything. We both hold up our heads. Is that your plug?
Devlin Warren: Yes sir.
George Washington McLintock: Well, hop on him and we’ll go get your gear.
Please don’t misunderstand. This is not at all saying McLintock is in any way Christ like or Christian in his testimony. The issue is that no service properly given should ever be felt as shameful. In John 13:4-5 Jesus cleaned the feet of His disciples not to shame them, but to show them that they needed to serve, and hold their heads up serving in the most grand and especially in the most menial ways. Christian, serving one another, regardless stature or economic position is what has made America great. It is also the most prominent mark of humility exemplified in Christ’s washing His disciples feet. That service displays a great depth of selfless love. Serve to love folks, Jesus did, you can too.