A few days ago I was driving to a meeting in Springfield, MA. Half way there I was a little thirsty, so I decided to stop at the Taco Bell (no surprise there, right?) at Exit 32. I've been there before. It's an easy-off, easy-on stop.
It was the middle of the afternoon. Lunch time was over, so they were down to a reduced staff. Although there were no customers in the restaurant, there were several cars in the drive-through line. This meant that the entire staff was working the window.
When I walked to the counter one of the crew was making delicious Taco Bell stuff. He saw me and said, "Be with you in a minute." I answered, "No problem."
The one minute became several, but I was thirsty, so I was going to wait. Eventually the crew member got to the register and asked, "How can I help you?" I said, "I just want a medium drink." To which he replied, "Sorry for the wait. It's on us." He handed me the cup, and walked away. I said, "No, c'mon." He smiled and made it clear he wouldn't accept payment. So I filled my cup, and got back onto I-84 with a warm, fuzzy feeling.
Here's the rest of the story. I posted an abbreviated version of this on my Facebook page. Two days later six people had commented, and 78 people had "liked" the post.
One possible way to see this is: 'Twas but a small thing. The other way to see it is that the small, nice gesture is pleasant. It makes us feel good. We'll return to that place. (Okay, some of you are thinking: It's a Taco Bell. Pastor Walt was going to return there anyway.) That 78 people clicked the "like" button shows that people are looking for the small, nice gesture.
Go to Chick-Fil-A, and ask an employee for anything at all. Their answer will be "My pleasure." The owner of the 7-11 near the Church knows my name. The VW salesman knows my name and what I drive.
Of course no one served so fully as Christ. Think of all the doctrines of the Church, all of the traditions, all of the liturgies. At the heart of them all stands a Savior who "came to serve, not to be served."
Our service, no matter how small, draws energy from that cross, and imitates it. At Taco Bell that took the form of a $2 refreshing drink. What will it be in our faith walk today?
God Bless - Pastor Walt