A Word every day to get you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
Doing Their Best
I love a good smoothie. One day I was going to my favorite smoothie shop, and something seemed off. Typically when I went there, things were fast and efficient. You could get in, get your smoothie, and get out in ten minutes or less. This time the line was out the door, people were everywhere, and you could tell it was going to be a while. Loving smoothies, I got in line and decided to wait to see what was going to happen.
Once in the shop, it was apparent what was wrong. The young lady running the register was in her first week, and she was all by herself. Typically three people were running the shop, but on this day, Murphy’s Law had taken over. One person had called out sick, and the other had a flat tire on the way to the shop. So this poor rookie smoothie maker was taking orders, making smoothies, and serving them all by herself. I still remember the words that she kept saying as she was running a small business by herself, “Please beat with me, it’s my first week.”
The funny thing was people bore with her. Nobody got angry. Nobody got impatient. Nobody stormed off. Everyone just patiently waited as this young lady did her best in a bad situation. What’s more, the tip jar that was typically empty was overflowing. It seems that people wanted to encourage this young lady who was just doing her best to keep her head above water.
Friends, how different would the world be if we just bore with one another? What if we made the decision that every day we would treat people as if it was their first week, they were in over their heads, and we just wanted to see them do well. When we treat people as if we love them, we bear with them in bad times. We don’t get in a huff, we don’t lose patience, we simply assume they are doing their best and give them the support they need as they get better. Take some time every day to bear with someone. They are probably doing their best. After all, there may be a day you need people to bear with you.