Be Generous

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?

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