A Smile for the Pizza Gal

pizzaboxSo, yesterday by the time I got done with the long-overdue grocery shopping, I was exhausted and decided to pick up some Little Caesar’s for the family for supper. The usual SOP, placing the order, etc. When the gal brought the pizzas to the counter, she opened the lid for me to inspect them.
Me: It’s sort of weird that you are even required to do this. It looks great.
Pizza gal (looking forlorn): I had a woman scream at me because one of her pepperonis was cut in half by the pizza cutter.
Me: Oh dear, really?
Pizza gal: We get a good number of people who refuse their pizzas for stuff like that.
Me: Well, then, please allow me to apologize for all of those people. From what I can see, you’re doing a terrific job.
Pizza gal: (brightening) Have a wonderful day, and thank you!
So first…it doesn’t cost anything to show some kindness. Working in food service is tough. I think there should be some sort of “karma” thing which requires difficult people to spend at least a week on the other side of the counter.
Second…I shudder to think what will happen if things get really tough in this country. It is concerning to me, how entitled and rude some Americans have become. How insistent they are, regarding their own convenience and how incensed they can become when their desires are not immediately granted according to their specifications. I’m convinced that as things continually degrade in modern society, showing concern and kindness for others is going to be one more way that believers can be “peculiar people” (unusual/unique) and have the door of gospel opportunity flung open wide for them as a result.
The turn-over rate at fast food places is significant. I may or may not see that same pizza gal again; but if I do, it may very well be that she’ll remember the kind word, the warmth of a smile, and one day be willing to listen or thoughtfully consider a gospel tract. We never know how God will use seemingly chance meetings. We need to raise the bar. We need to be more. Consider this brief quote from a beautiful sermon by Charles Spurgeon (read it here): 
The life of the Christian, even if he is a servant, is to be an ornament of Christianity. Christ does not look for the ornament of his religion in the riches or the talents of his followers, but in their holy lives “that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”

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