In my efforts to be a grateful, polite person, I always try to thank whoever is bagging my groceries at the store. Last week I turned to the young adult as he finished putting my bags in my cart and said, “Thanks!”
He looked back at me and said cheerfully, “Of course! Do you need help getting these to your car?” I said, “No, but thanks for offering.” He said…
His cheerful and unusual response really impacted me. In saying, “Of course!” he was communicating to the customers in that store that he was happy to serve and was not inconvenienced in doing so. He was communicating a humble spirit that accepted his job of service with eagerness.
It really made me think about and notice how I respond when people ask me for help or thank me for doing something. What do you usually say? Here are some of my responses when the people closest to me (my husband and immediate family) ask something of me:
- Hang on just a minute
- Right now?
- Oh, you’re welcome
Not all of those are bad responses. I do try to respond with “Sure!” and lift my voice inflection when my husband asks me to do something. If I’m being honest, a lot of the time I give him an “Uh-huh” which I’m intending to communicate “Of course I will. I always will. You know why? Because if I don’t NOBODY ELSE WILL!!”
I’m going to make an effort this week to work the “Of course!” response into my dialogue at home. I want to communicate to the people closest to me that I am happy to serve and am not inconvenienced in doing so. I want to communicate a humble spirit that accepts my job of service with eagerness.
I would love for you to join me, too! Being kind and servant-hearted benefits us as well as those around us.
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
The desire of the sluggard kills him,
for his hands refuse to labor.
All day long he craves and craves,
but the righteous gives and does not hold back. (Proverbs 21:21, 25-26)