Service With A Smile

Ken earned five dollars for impressing us with his singing and his service!

Occasionally, you stumble upon someone who has that certain sparkle, that extra flash, the “it” factor.

Ken is one of those people.

You might miss the special quality if you concern yourself with the freshness of the post-wedding salad, the seasoning of the chicken, the snap of the green beans.  Talking with other invited guests at the table, you might not look up from the dinner to catch the enthusiastic grin and skip in your server’s step.  But, if you watch him work the table, if you follow him around the room as he serves the meal and clears the dishes, you will be impressed; you will be amazed.

It was my delight to take a moment to talk with Ken and discover that his is more than a talented waiter.

Many young people serve food because it is nothing more than a starting point in a life of greater, more meaningful employment.  But not Ken.  He doesn’t do this job out of necessity.  He serves at banquets, celebrations and social events because he loves people.  He gets jazzed by the work.  He lights up when he serves.  He enthusiastically ensures that the guests are well cared for.

I suspect that Ken won’t work for this catering company for very long.  My guess is that in a very short time he will OWN this company.  His work ethic, charming personality and firm handshake guarantee that he will use is degree to quickly rise to a place of leadership.  He will blaze a path to the top and in the process, he will make many, many people very happy.

Ephesians 1:18 – The Hope

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”

How many times have you heard it said, “It’s hopeless.”?

How many times have you felt hopeless?

How many times has it seemed hopeless?

A few situations come to my mind from this past week’s news that would leave a person hopeless…And yet, Paul mentions this Hope to which we are called.  He offers a glimpse of something better.  He teases us a little with his words.  We are called to Hope?  We are called to riches?  We are called to inheritance?  We are called to more than this?

On a day when you feel darkest and down, one a day when there is no hope, pull out this passage and read it carefully.  Read it slowly and let the words sink in.

We are to know, deep down in our very heart-of-hearts, that there is a hope to which we are called.  Life doesn’t have to be one of struggle and pain because there is hope.  Life doesn’t have to be a guessing game because we have hope.  Life doesn’t have to be filled with sorrow and frustration because God calls us to a life filled with hope.

And that is very good news, indeed.