I "waitressed" my way through college, working double shifts when I could get them during spring and summer breaks. And I have to say, that I think waitressing is one of the hardest jobs I've ever done. It's not so much the physical aspect of it, though not having much upper arm strength - that was a challenge. It was the constant demands of a wide variety of customers, many of whom weren't exactly easy to please, and some of whom were downright rude.
Now I freely admit that I was not a great waitress. Not that I spilled food on anyone, or forgot people's orders - it was just that it never came naturally to me. I was amazed by some of my coworkers who had a gift for it; they made it look easy. It wasn't - not to me.
Interestingly though, even though it wasn't my particular gift... even though I may have taken a little longer, or needed to make more trips then my more gifted coworkers to complete the order, I pretty much got the same tips they did - the standard 15%. Sometimes there might be a little less - liek 10% - rarely anything less than that. And other times there was a little extra, especially if someone was particularly thankful for something i did.
To Ponder: - why does it seem so east for us to add a 15% tip onto our bill for a good meal or a fun night out, but it is often so hard for us to give a 10% tithe to God (through the Church) for all the good gifts we have been given in our lives?
- When we are "particularly thankful" to God and God's Church for something special or fun or meaningful that we have received, do we consider giving a little extra in thanksgiving? Would thinking in this way make a difference in how we felt about our giving? Make it more joy-filled?
God of good gifts, we don't even think about how much we give ourselves, our time and our possessions to other things, and how little we give to you. How often we forget your generosity. Open our hearts to be faithful and generous stewards in thanksgiving for all you have given to us. Amen.