“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Last week, while on vacation, I had the opportunity to meet up with a friend for dinner each evening. One of those dinners was going to be at The Flying Fish on Disney’s Boardwalk. The reason for that is two-fold: the meal and ambiance as well as the server. Each time we go there, we request Didi. Didi is from Morocco and he was born to serve. He truly is the best waiter that I have ever met.
On Tuesday evening, I texted him to let him know that I was going to be at the restaurant the next day and to ask him to schedule us for his table. He texted me in the middle of the night and said that would only happen if we changed reservations because he had moved to the California Grill. Well, change reservations we did.
When we got to the California Grill that evening, I asked the maitre d’ if we had Didi’s table. She looked at me quizzically and I asked, “What?” She said that, even though he had only worked there three days, she was surprised at the number of people who were coming and asking specifically for him. I told her that she had a truly superb new cast member and she agreed.
Because of who he is, Didi draws people to himself. He leaves the cares and concerns of the world behind — even going so far as to turn off his cell phone once he arrives at work — and immerses himself totally in his job. His job is more his joy than anything else and that is what people see. They respond to it by wanting more. When they return, they want him.
You see where I am going with this by now, I am sure. People should look at all of us the same way. When we talk and act, we should say and do only what the Lord would have us say and do. We should be so infectious in living a life of faith that other people would want to be around us. They would want to see us and to hear us so that they could bolster themselves.
The world is trying to make us something that would not bring us honor. It would bring us shame. If we live for the Lord, however, we can be proud because we would be the shining examples that He created each of us to be.
FAITH ACTION: Do not allow others to keep you from doing what is right and just and good and holy today.