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Loving through Serving Well

Continuing the discussion of how love can be shown in different ways, this is another way we love.

Need to catch up on the series first? There are a couple posts leading up to this one. If you want to catch up first, here are the links:

  1. Love for All
  2. Love Between Siblings, Twins
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Lily Chang © 2018

Amazing baristas work at the Caribou Coffee I frequent. They greet me by name with great enthusiasm, make my drink just the way I like it, no matter how high maintenance my preferences are – can we say ‘Sally’ from When Harry Met Sally – is important, and trade stories with me.

What can beat that?

That’s loving or showing love through doing.

Or, to give another example, Cynthia over at Smashburger, went out of her way to make sure the food was safe for our consumption, given certain food allergies and restrictions. She really went out of her way to take care of us.

She loved on us.

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Some might argue they have to be nice and hospitable, if they want to keep their jobs.

Nah. No way.

These people are kind, hospitable, and loving, even if they’re having a bad day and despite whatever else is going on in their lives.

And serving others is no cup of tea. People can be mean, vindictive, onerous, and downright weird.

I worked at a higher end retail shop for five years, through my Doctoral studies. And I was told the customer is always right…

Even when a woman insisted on trying on S and XS sizes and she was size 10-12, talked about taking in the tops (even though everything she tried on was way too tight), and walked away buying nothing,

Even though some people came in super grouchy and decided to throw temper tantrums. Oh yes, the customer is always right. Mmm hmmm.

Baristas, servers, attendants, and sales associates love people by waiting on them, in spite of whatever negative experiences, mood they’re in, or situations.

For that, I am thankful. Thank you for your love.

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