Meditation Moment #586

[My dad writes a Meditation Moment every week, which is exactly what it sounds like: a short thought to give you something to think about that day. I really liked this weeks, possibly my favorite one yet (and there have been hundreds). I asked him if I could reprint it here, and he generously agree. - Hyperion]

The "Tipping" Point

As my wife and I sat in a booth at a favorite restaurant on a Sunday night, the noisy people at the next table finally left. The waitress knew us and stopped by to say she hated Sundays for that’s when the Christians come in and demand a lot but tip little or not at all. We tried to assure her that we’re not all like that but her point of view was quite indicting since it was based on actual experience.

We sing songs and listen to messages about loving others and then leave church and often exhibit demanding, unfriendly attitudes towards those who serve us. This kind of behavior is not the witness God wants us to be. It would be more authentic to skip church and properly tip than attend service and short-change the server.

The "Tipping" point becomes a real disconnect for believers and non-believers. When we claim to be a follower of Christ but substitute tracts and notes saying “God loves you” instead of giving a healthy tip we nullify our testimony and give the church a black eye.

I have four children who have all worked in the food industry. Their experience corroborates the waitress’ report. This is a real issue that needs to be carefully considered. Those who wait on us need all the kindness we can give. Our tips become their livelihood. As “Children of the King” we are expected to pass on our blessings.

Matthew 5: 14-16 (The Message) "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Pastor Jim,
March 4, 2009

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