Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kindness



Last Sunday afternoon, I was at the local Lowe's store to exchange something.  The young woman helping me had to go look something up, so I had to stand there for about five minutes.  During that time, I watched other people come to the service desk for help.

Not one person showed any kindness.  Not one.  One worker was bawled out because the store didn't have the item the customer wanted in exchange for his return.  She patiently tried to tell him that he had ordered it online, and the store doesn't have everything that is available online.  The man, his wife, and their small daughter (little eyes) stormed out of the store.

Another was irate because the automatic doors didn't open fast enough.

These workers were just doing their job.  It was bad enough that they had to work the Sunday after Christmas without putting up with all this extra crap.

Would it hurt us to be a little kind?

World English Dictionary:
kindness (ˈkaɪndnɪs)
n
1. the practice or quality of being kind
2. a kind, considerate, or helpful act

Most of my students are young adults and many of them work as wait staff at local restaurants.  They tell me they hate working Sundays, because the "Christians" they serve are the most unkind and demanding customers they have, and usually leave the smallest tip.  (Little eyes.)

Don't do the talking if you don't do the walking.

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23