Be generous and willing to share.
—1 Timothy 6:18
A restaurant manager told me he has a hard time getting a full crew to serve tables on Sundays. “My waitpeople had rather work ’til closing on Friday and Saturday nights than noon and dinner shifts on Sunday.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Because a lot of Christians come in groups on Sundays,” he said. “They’re loud, demanding, seldom smile or say ‘thank you,’ and they’re lousy tippers.”
I don’t believe that’s typical of Christians I know. But if it’s a general impression held by waitpersons, we have a PR problem—our witness to those who serve us is contaminated.
If we can afford to eat out, we can afford to be generous. Leave a decent tip, a happy server, and a pleasant impression—not a buck, a tract, and a distasteful impression.
Is your practice as good as your profession?