Friday, November 13, 2015

SON-shine Superman




But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.
Gal. 5:23 & 23

"You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to the whole house.  In the same way, let your light shine before all men, that they may see your good works and praise your Father in heaven."
Matt. 5:14-16

"People wont always remember what you said to them, but they will always remember the way you made them feel."
Maya Angelou

"What to do?  Sweetheart, you'll find that mediocre people do exceptional things all the time."
OK Go, "What to do."



Tuesdays used to be a "Mommy Date" for me.  On Tuesdays I would pick up my Mom and we would go to lunch, and then do some shopping where ever.  A year or so ago, mom and I were having lunch at Don Pablo's.  I had never seen our waitress before, so I figured she was new.  She had an amazing ability to muff-up every single order that we had.

She began by forgetting to bring my extra-hot hot sauce.  She then brought me a diet coke, instead of a regular one.  This went on & on, until when she brought the meal she frowned and said, "I probably botched this one, too." (As matter, she DID!)

Just a quick aside; while diet coke tastes like liquid onions to me, I could think of worse things to happen.  When a store or restaurant doesn't have what I'm looking for, I consider it an opportunity to have an adventure by trying something new.  I tend not to think that I am now oppressed, living in North Korea, or that the teller, server, whomever, woke up that morning with every intention of spoiling my life.

So anyway, the waitress could have done better.  Mom asks me what we should do.  We could have legitimately complained in a very diplomatic way without making it personal.  However, I told mom, "Let's leave an extra large tip."  So we did.

On the way out the door, I head over to the waitress.  I patted her on the shoulder and said, "You know, everyone deserves a Mulligan now & then." She then proceeded to cry and tell me that her grandmother had just died, and that she had been at the wake the day before.

Like I said, 
my life could be worse.

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Recently, I've been trying to develop a new habit.  Some days are more successful than others.  At any rate, I've been trying to give compliments to 2-3 people every day. (Bonus points if they are strangers.)

Why?

Well, for starters, it's simply a nice habit to get in to.

That having been said, I'm also of the opinion that it is something Jesus would do.  I simply can't picture him having the type of ministry he did if he was a dour stick-in-the-mud.  While I can't prove it emphatically, I am also inclined to believe he had a riotous sense of humor. (Again, for the same reason.)

I'm highly competitive in some odd ways.  For ages now, when I am out shopping or eating, I like to try and make the person serving me laugh.  It's Win-Win.  They laugh and feel good for a bit.  I win because I made them laugh.  So three cheers and a tiger for me!!!

However, there is a selfish reason for this; you seriously get A LOT better service if you do this. (If you're really good at it, you might even get free stuff like I do at times.)  Yet there is also a positive reason; you never, ever know what kind of day this person has had.  The way you treat them could make or break their day.  Maybe circumstances and the cosmos have pooped on their head in the past few hours.  Now you just made them smile and life...

Another aside; I was a waiter back in college.  From time to time, we would get some real "Swine" as customers.  You really & truly do NOT want to be a jerk to the person who is handling your food.  Unless, of course, you desire all manner of "Special/Secret" seasonings added to your meal without your knowledge.

For the record, I never, ever did that.  But I did see it done.  One of the more interesting ones I saw was a waiter who used those old school credit cards forms to order 30 sets of ginsu steak knives for a customer who was snotty and left a crappy tip.

Jesus never said to go out and witness, or go out and act like salt & light.  He simply said "You ARE." It's all grace, folks.  Jesus declares it to be.  So don't turn it on & off like a switch.  Be what Jesus says you already are.  Just be.


You often do not know the story of the person's day who is working around you.  Even less so, the people you come across in other settings.  Are there serious jerks out there that you are forced to deal with?  Sure.  When it comes to those people, I like to think of one of my co-workers philosophies.  He says, "I don't let them bug me, because I'm not the one that has to go home knowing that I'm an asshole, let alone the people that live with them." (Pardon my French.)


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Think about the times when you have been down in the dumps and someone has said something that perked you up.  Think about the times when you might have been in a pretty good mood, and then someone said something that shot you out of the sky.

Which kind of "Someone" do you wish to be?


Christians have access to super-natural spiritual gifts.  But there is also the whole process of "Sanctification," where the Spirit keeps chipping away at you, shaping you into the likeness of Jesus.  Even so, there is still you.  How you choose to interact and treat others can not only make or break a person's day, it also says a great deal about you and the type of god you truly serve.

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.  
This sums up the Law and the Prophets."
Matt. 7:12


That's not bad advice coming from someone like Jesus.

So don't forget, the next time you ask yourself what to do.  Sweetheart, mediocre people do exceptional things all the time...



Peace
Joe






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