I served for five years while going to college. I liked serving (most days). Sometimes you break a plate, spill on a customer and don’t get people’s weird jokes, but there’s a camaraderie that comes with working together whether you’re jumping in to help on a busy day or commiserating over cranky customers (sound familiar?).
There are a few lessons I learned while working at a restaurant that helped me in vocational ministry as well. Here are a few values that can positively impact your life and ministry.
1. Be kind
There will always be difficult people in every job, every neighborhood and yes, every church. You know who these people are. They’re probably the ones who make you do an about-face and start walking the other way because you “forgot something.” No judgments, I’ve been there.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
2. Be flexible
Things will rarely go as planned, instead of panicking or being grumpy, adjust accordingly. The kitchen will be out of an item at the restaurant and the game will break before children’s ministry. Ask for help, delegate and move forward.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.