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How Do You Treat People Who Serve You?

Saturday, December 12, 2015

How Do You Treat People Who Serve You?
BY RICK WARREN — DECEMBER 7, 2015

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31 NIV)

One of the greatest tests of your character is how you treat people who are trying to serve you. Whether it’s a waitress, a waiter, a clerk, an employee, a secretary, your children, or your spouse, how you treat those who serve you tells me a great deal about you.

In fact, when I’ve been involved in hiring decisions of Saddleback staff, I often take people to restaurants to see how they interact with the server. Someone who is rude and demanding in those situations has a character flaw that I don’t want as part of our team.

Jesus tells us, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31 NIV). That may be the simplest yet most important character test in the Bible.

The social psychologist Eric Hoffer once said, “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” It takes no intelligence at all to be rude.

The best place to practice this important character trait of respect is at home. More marriages are ruined by rudeness than anything else. When I used to do marriage counseling, I was amazed at how many marriages are buried by one little dig after another.

Often we’re the most disrespectful to the people we care about the most. I know people who treat their families in ways they would never treat a stranger.

I read a news story a few years back about a couple that got an annulment on the basis of the husband’s rudeness. The wife went to court and claimed her husband burped all the time. She filed for an annulment. The judge ruled in her favor and granted her an annulment on the basis that if the husband really loved his wife, he wouldn’t burp so much. If it annoyed her to that degree, he should be more considerate and refrain.

Courtesy is just love in the little things. It’s showing respect for people by being kind even in the smallest areas of our lives.

Talk It Over

Why are we often the most disrespectful of people we care about the most?
In which situations do you have the most trouble being courteous?
If your character was being judged by how you treat people who serve you, how do you think it would be assessed?
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  • no profile photo CD15822068
    emoticon emoticon Thank you for posting this lesson from a very wise man. Have a wonderful Sonday. Hugs and prayers, Judy
    2009 days ago
  • LOULOUWLG403
    Being respectful is only a normal thing to do! It should be built into everyone!
    I worked into the medical profession for about 30 years, and that's the one thing
    you want to be respectful and kind to these people! They are your (My responsibility)
    my responsibility. I hope everyone has a Super & Blessed Saturday! LYL!
    2009 days ago
  • ICECUB
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    2009 days ago
  • TREKPURRSON
    emoticon emoticon Showing respect for people by being kind even in the smallest areas of our lives, is walking in Love, as we are meant to do! Great message, Cari! emoticon emoticon

    2009 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3934996
    Amen... You are correct.. Many Moons ago... While I was in College I worked and help with planagrams for a Department Store.. I knew where everything was and what to do.. I could run any Department .. not good.. but if I was called could do everything.. It was Christmas Eve and I had to work the Cash register.. a man in my line was cussing me out up and down and called me everything in the book and then some.. as he got closer I told him Please Sir get into another line I will not wait on you.. My Boss was right there watching... I told him a dozen times get to another line.. He threw his things on my counter and I told him I was n't going to ring him out. I told the person behind him to come around.. I bet I took almost eight people to come around when I heard very softly.. I am sorry... I said it didn't hear you.. Please come around... I took about five more till he spoke up and said I am sorry... I said Thank You I will ring you out now.. and gave him advice.. Next year do not wait to the last minute and know that I would rather be at home with my kids than to listen to someone be ugly.. You have a Merry Christmas and Make sure to shake my Managers hand.. He did.. So being rude is not in my book... I tip generously and always find someone to help out.. I suggest the same to you.. Your Christmas will be brighter and you will smile... In His Love and Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2009 days ago
  • PASTORJEFF2
    Be kind to someone today and make a difference in their life
    2009 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    You're right. emoticon
    2009 days ago
  • THEMIR5683000
    I agree!
    2009 days ago
  • CARI_JANE
    We need to remember this, especially during the holiday season. Retail is a very stressful time of year for a lot of people, especially for those who work retail. I know from experience. I worked in retail off and on for 30 years.
    Please be respectful to ALL!

    Blessings & Hugs,
    Cari Jane
    2009 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/12/2015 10:41:53 AM
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