Long, but worth it, I hope :)I have always heard the saying "actions speak louder than words," but I think that they are pretty equal is most cases.
Just before Christmas I started to work as a waitress on the weekends, and this very job has made me stop and think about this statement more in the last few months than ever. People can be just plain mean, even the ones that "ACT" so nice...have you ever met anyone like that? I never ever dreamed that adults would be so quick to be so RUDE! Now don't get me wrong, not every single person is mean or rude...so THANK YOU if you are one that is patient and kind in all situations, but tonight was a very different night of "waitressing."
Often times a small conversation will start up between the customer and the waitress, leading to general information like... is this your only job, are you from this area, is this your first time to visit us,do you attend church anywhere, etc...etc.
But tonight ,it seems that (ALMOST) every table that was in my section was seated with very friendly, kind, and talkative people (Thank You Jesus!) it makes for a much more plesant shift. Which brings me to my point...you never know who is watching or listening.
I waited on a table with a college girl and her family... (pause, go back with me about THREE WEEKS AGO,apparently this young lady came in with some friends, they didn't sit in my section and I don't remember EVER seeing her before) so,the small talk began, the conversation went something like this:
Mom: "We are from Austin and have never been here, what do you suggest?
Myself: I suggested a few of the more popular items..."Great, I'm glad you came tonight how did you hear about us?"
Mom: "My daughter came out a few weeks ago and she loved the food, liked the atmosphere, but more than that the waitresses were so friendly and fun, and she was so excited when you were going to be our waitress."
Myself: "Awww, what a sweet compliment, I'm glad that I could make your experience good the last time you came." Thank you.
College Girl: "Oh it wasn't you that waited on us, but my friend and I watched your reaction that night and admired the way you handled several unplesant situations."
Myself: Silent............"yall look over the menu and I will return shortly to take your order."
As, I walked away from that table...it hit me...what you do and say is ALWAYS seen and heard by someone else...What impression are you leaving in someones mind? I may or may not ever see her again, but the words she spoke will FOREVER be engrained in my thoughts, but it doesn't stop there...there are THREE more tables that made this statement come alive to me tonight.I won't tell you the entire conversation but I will give you the profound comments made to me that I will never forget.
C :"Did you know that little girl sitting at that table?"
C:" You were very kind to her, I haven't seen her smile the entire dinner until you spoke such words of kindness."
C: "How are you tonight"
Myself: "Busy but Blessed"
C: " Yes very busy, but you are still smiling and I haven't heard one negative word come from your mouth."
C: "Thank you, it's been a long time since we have had such a kind waitress."
Now, I am not telling you all of this to brag on myself, because that IS NOT the type of person I am, I am telling you all of this to BEG of you to watch your actions and words more closely, PEOPLE ARE WATCHING and I don't know about you but I want people to see JESUS in me!
I am so thankful that God put every second of this evening in my life tonight, I needed the reminder, better yet I needed the SLAP IN THE FACE!!
So I will leave you with this ...
What do people see in you?
What kind of impression are you leaving?
Love and blessings,