We have all been at the bottom of the totem pole, haven't we? I have been a person who has been an employee and a leader. I am an employee now with hopes of being an employer one day soon.
What sets us apart from the rest of our talented, competent co-workers or as a just and appreciated employer? I would say that other than talent, would be a willingness to work and learn, and ~ as in a customer service industry ~ a willingness to serve.
I think service is becoming a lost art. How many times have we gone into a store and it seems that the "service" employees are ignoring you? Or as you are paying for your groceries, the only thing the person checking you out says to you is "That's $10.95." What has happened to service?
This lost art of service is one of the things that will set us apart from the "norm" of our culture. In a world where more and more business is happening on-line or over the phone, service can be where we ~ as Christians ~ can shine. This is where we can "[s]erve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men . . . "
When performing a service for your church, do it with a smile and a positive attitude; your smile may be the only kindness that the person you are serving has seen all day. When attending a training or meeting for work, do it with the attitude that you will take something useful away and use it for the Lord's glory. If you are in a customer service business, be the person who offers help willingly and cheerfully ~ "as if you were serving the Lord."
If you are an employer or head of your household, remember that you serve the same Master as your employees and family. Jesus is the ultimate Servant-Leader. He is our ultimate example.
No matter where we serve ~ at home or at work ~ everything we do reflects upon the character of Christ. And when we serve in His name, He makes us shine.