“You dropped my waffle!”
These are angry words you’d expect to hear out of a child’s mouth, right? Yeah, no. That was me. Last week.
My coworker accidentally dropped half of my morning meal on the floor, and all of a sudden, I lost all concept of grace and got angry…over a waffle.
I know, ridiculous. I’m still shaking my head over it.
I have been a worship leader for over ten years, and I’ve worked full-time at a church for nine of those years. So when I recently entered the customer service industry, I thought I’d be an expert at serving people.
What I found, to my utter humility, was that I have a shockingly low tolerance for the little annoyances of life. And I don’t think I’m alone. It’s kind of incredible how the little daily irritations can get right under our skin and replace our wellspring of grace with frustration and anger.
What are the “waffles” that you deal with? Someone cuts you in line. Another person takes your parking spot. Yet another, maybe even your spouse, forgets what you asked them to do. How do you typically respond to these things, especially when they happen multiple times on a certain day? If you’re like me, you might be shaking your head at yourself, too.
One of the Scriptures I’ve had to chew on lately regarding these things is Philippians 2:5-8.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
That scripture really irks me. Serving is hard…and doing it in true humility is even harder! But if there’s anything I’ve learned in my walk with Christ, serving humbly in all things, big and small, is where the rubber meets the road. It’s in those daily moments that you show people the true nature of Christ.
I want to challenge you, as I am challenging myself. We can always get more waffles, but we won’t always get a second chance to minister to the people we come across.
God wants to use us to show the world Himself, and He does that through our obedience to serve. So let’s be those servants—not just on Sunday mornings, but everywhere we go.