Friday I was out running some errands with my son, and we stopped at Chick-Fil-A for lunch. One of the things I’ve noticed when we go there, is that the employees are always very respectful and friendly. My favorite thing is their response of: It’s my pleasure.
For example, I observed one of the young men working out in the dining area, just looking for opportunities to be helpful. When he offered to take someone’s tray when they were finished, they said “Thank you” to him. He responded with a smile, “It’s my pleasure.”
When asked if he would get a refill for someone, he replied, “It would be my pleasure.” I don’t know how much the guy really was pleased to be serving everyone, but he was trained to respond that way, and was doing a good job of it!
I mentioned it to my son, and commented about how much happier homes and families would be, if we all had that kind of an attitude about serving and helping each other.
When our kids were younger, and we asked them to do something to be helpful, we taught them to respond with, “I’d be glad to.” Did they always mean it? No, I’m sure they didn’t mean it many times. However, just saying those words, helped remind them that they should have a good attitude about helping, and should be glad to serve.
This was a good reminder to me to be careful of how I respond when my husband asks me to do something for him, or the kids need help with something. I don’t know about you, but this is something I need to work on a little bit more!
Parents, we are the example our kids follow, so if we want THEM to have a servant’s heart, WE need to respond to our family with a “it’s my pleasure” attitude!