My mind just seemed to be wondering a lot earlier and I’ve thought about all sorts of things that made me angry, all the times I felt upset, and how everyone of those times motivated me and revealed my character.
and I am quite a character!
One time that struck out was when I worked at an Applebees and I had been there for a few months and I was really working hard because I liked my job and I wanted my manager’s approval. I would be bussing tables quicker than anyone else could and allowing anyone to yell at me or vent, hoping that I wouldn’t strike anyone’s nerve and maybe I’d learn something from one of them. In the long run, though, it was wearing me down.
It was difficult working as hard as I was and yet constantly having someone yell at me for not seating their section(I was a host) or double-seating their section. Most of the time, mind ya, it wasn’t my fault! I came into the job knowing that the ‘customer is always right’ and if they would ask me more a specific table I’d give it to them. However, like I said, I’d get yelled at by the waitresses and eventually they started telling me to just politely ask the guest to sit somewhere else…..I wasn’t enjoying the fact that they had all been so rude so I did just that.
One day a customer came in and wanted to sit at a high top table on one side of the bar, but I asked him to sit at another side because I had just sat the waitress on the side he had wanted. He got mad and walked out, because he didn’t like the fact that I was trying to move him.
That infuriated my manager! She took me into her office and…drum roll…as soon as she started yelling I cried. That’s right, I cried! Probably the least manly thing I could have ever done, but I couldn’t handle the stress at work. She immediately felt bad for me and she actually started to see how hard I was trying to do a good job.
…Anyways, the point of that story is to point out the character. I have a certain kind of character, because I’m the guy who is weak in spirit. I’m the guy who is always trying to please other people even though it’s nearly impossible.
In the larger scheme of things, I’m the guy who used to sit out on his swing set and pray for his family to get closer. I’m the guy who prayed with tears when he was ten for his grandpa to recover from a heart attack. I’m the guy who has lived with his, now 82 year old, grandmother his whole life and loves her more than he ever could in a normal mom-son scenario.
and those are all really great things! but the main point is that I’m all of those things in Jesus Christ. My story is totally about being dependent on Him, and always being able to count on Him when no one else seems to care. Ultimately, I’m the servant who has been saved and loved by Jesus Christ.
and Jesus has loved me, and He loves you too! What the Bible doesn’t just flat out say about Jesus’ love for you, you can understand with common sense. Why else would God give his all just so we could be his sons and daughters?
so today I hope you feel loved. I hope you feel like you’re important. And ultimately, you are loved and your story is important! Just start thinking about this today. You can even blog about it or just think to yourself, “I’m the guy/girl who________”