The kids and I went to Chic fil a yesterday, and just like EVERY other time we have gone there, the young employee at the cash registers says to us…”how may I serve you?”. Then – when they handed us our food, just like EVERY other time, they say “my pleasure”.
Every time you walk in the doors of Chic fil a – no matter what town, what location, what time – you will get the same kind, gracious service. Isn’t that amazing? And they truly seem to mean it!! That is what gets me!
It got me thinking about our focus this week – having a servant heart. When someone needs something from me – do I willingly say…”my pleasure” and then do I REALLY mean it? Or, do I take the initiative to ask people – “how may I serve you today”? When we ask this question, following up with a pure servant heart is important. I also believe it is powerful to PRAY to have the eyes that God has, to see others as He sees, and that we see the needs of others even BEFORE we need to ask. I also try to pray that we have His hands, and feet to go with those eyes to put into action fulfilling the needs before us.
To me, having a servant heart is something that is a very attractive quality in others. People with a servant heart are like magnets. Others want to be around them and want are drawn to them in a way. Why? Because being around people with a servant heart makes them feel wanted, loved, and valued.
For ourselves, having a servant heart causes us all to reach out to others and find ways to serve. A focus word that pushes us outside of our box a bit in order to help fulfill the needs of those around us. A focus that changes our heart and our mind to serve and love. But with that, sometimes the selfish part of us wants to serve and then also be thanked. Or we sometimes serve, and want to be noticed. The problem with both of those ways of thinking is that they are flawed! We can’t serve to be noticed or thanked – we need to serve for the joy of serving.
I can remember when I was little, my dad always said to me that when we serve others without them knowing it was us, it was like getting our stars on our crown in heaven. That stuck with me, and I think of that often. When we serve and no one notices, or acknowledges us, it is OKAY and in fact – usually better!!
So, I challenge us this week and always, with two things, as we focus on having a servant heart:
- May we ask the question often: “How may I serve you?” to those in our lives each day. When we ask, may we ask in a way that we truly mean the words and follow them with action! Even looking for these ways without asking, is HUGE!
- When we get thanked for service, that we can say “My Pleasure” easily and mean it!
- That we are continually striving to earn those stars in our crown, that no one may see.
Servant heart isn’t about status or recognition, it is about love from the heart in finding others’ needs and doing our best to fulfill them with the Love of God!