Last week at the offering, Pastor Bill mentioned giving a nice tip to the waitress. The truth is being a restaurant server can be a thankless job. When given the chance to identify their least favorite customers, servers frequently mention the church crowd. One would think that those who patron restaurants after experiencing Sunday morning worship would be joyfully motivated to be kind and gracious, demonstrating their appreciation for the service of others with generosity.

However, all too many church goers have earned the reputation of being entitled and cheap. One waitress stated, “Compared to a normal weekday, Sundays are the worst.” A receipt went viral online when a pastor dined at Applebee’s, then wrote on the gratuity line (in lieu of a tip), “I give God 10%, why do you get 18%?”

If the church crowd would rethink their actions towards the serving community, maybe it would cause us to rethink our attitudes on Sundays. Many people fail to grasp how our behavior reflects on the Good News of Jesus they profess to represent.

One server waited on a group of rude and presumptuous women who had just come from a local church and then stiffed her on the tip. The server reflected on that moment and said, “What really got me was that I was in a place that very day where I was considering going to church. A friend of mine had just committed suicide and that very church had been recommended to me for grief counseling. I never went. Those women were the only thing between me and the church that seemed so important that I attend.”

It matters what we say and do, and how we say and do it. People are making decisions about Jesus and His church based on our lives.
As all of us express our gratitude to God for His blessings, the Lord wants our thankfulness to become a blessing to others. Instead of just thanking God with our words, choose to honor others who are made in God’s image. Applaud great service, appreciate someone’s effort, even if it didn’t meet your expectations. Generate love and positive energy. Ask if you can pray for them. You will be surprised at how many will say yes and open their lives to your Jesus.

-Rev Dr William A Lewis