What I have learned this summer as a waitress.
So for those of you just joining me in this little corner of the world, WELCOME!
To catch you up, I worked as a waitress and a wedding planner this summer. I was not super happy with these plans at the beginning of this summer but as I work my last week at the Westin in Hilton Head Island, SC I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the experience.
Similar to working at Walmart two summers ago I am extremely grateful for the job God provided me and the lessons learned.
Firstly, I learned every day how to be a better and more humble servant of Christ.
As Mark 10:45 states “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” This verse is such an awesome reminder of why a Christian should serve. If we are Christians, we by definition are striving to be “little Christs.” Therefore just like Christ, we should not come to be served but to serve.
I think this is what truly appeals to me about planning events and the hospitality industry. It is a whole industry built on serving others and bringing joy to them not for your own joy primarily but to serve them in a giving and loving way.
If and when I start my own Inn here in the south, this will be my first rule, Christ-like hospitality and servanthood to all who enter.
Secondly I learned to be patient. Being a waitress requires extreme amounts of patience, whether it be for the family who is merely taking 15 minutes to decide as you just had 12 new tables sit down or the family that had a terrible ride down with 4 children under the age of 8 and patience is shot. You must be patient with others because love is patient as 1 Corinthians 13:4 states. If God loves us enough to be patient with us, we must share our patience with others.
Thirdly I have learned to listen. Whether that be to the story of the old lonely man, or the single mom who needs an adult to talk to or the youngest kid of 5 who is being ignored since she is the only one behaving. Everyone has a story and in order to love others well you must first learn their stories. In the stories you can relate, care, and connect. After all we are made for community and in community there are stories.
Taking a moment to listen may not just change your own life, but it may change another’s as well.
And all of these lessons are topped off with this photo which reveals another promise of God’s, to never flood the Earth again. This is also my view at work.
And in other news, the family is here! Happy Wednesday!