It seems that some people make it their calling to, with little provocation, make the life of a public service employee nigh insufferable. Waiters, waitresses, cashiers and store sales personnel face the unenviable task of engaging with the public everyday. Today’s proverb serves as a warning to the public.
Proverbs 30:10 – “Accuse not [do not slander] a servant unto his master, lest he curse [despise; slight] thee, and thou be found guilty [i.e. be punished].”
I know that it is not universal; however, I have heard many comments that professing Christians are among the most demanding and complaining restaurant customers. Adding insult to our testimonies are the tight wads whom, when tipping the minimum, have the audacity to leave a salvation tract. What a tragedy!
The next time you are tempted to “go off” on someone serving you, pause to remember a chain of events can often lead to what you assume is a slight. The waitress has no control over the cook’s preparation of your dinner and the cook may be tasked with the demands of a customer that are borderline unreasonable. Believe it or not, neither of them got out of bed that morning with the goal to provoke someone sporting a “short fuse”!
Allow Proverbs 30:10 to stand as a proverbial warning—unnecessarily trouble your waitress by complaining and your next toss salad might be served up with more than salad dressing!
Copyright 2014 – Travis D. Smith