Lunch at Chick-Fil-A
Chick-Fil-A has been in the news a lot lately, especially on the day on the great Chicken Eat In. But I'm not going to write about all that and the political stuff that surrounds it.
Today, my two year old son and thirteen month old daughter had been out running errands while my oldest was at school and rather than drive all the back home and have to rush to fix and eat lunch, I decided to go to treat my son to some Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
I have always had a positive dining experience when eating at Chick-Fil-A (or going through their drive-through), but today was an exception, to say the least. It's not what you might be thinking though. . . .
I was absolutely blown away by the kindness of the employees at Chick-Fil-A. From the time I neared the front door pushing the stroller (as my daughter was asleep in her car seat) toting my two year old and the manager ran to hold the door open for us, until I left the parking lot, I was met with nothing short of smiling faces and the truest of kindnesses.
One particular employee, Janice, went out of her way to be kind to us, and I was just astonished to find such a genuine attitude of helpfulness and joy. It wasn't just the refilling of my drink; she went out of her way to make sure that I got a place to sit in the busy restaurant, got a high chair for my son, brought us our food and just really helped me out.
As I ate my lunch and shared precious moments of bonding with my son while my daughter slept peacefully in her car seat, I reflected on my previous experience in fast food restaurants, and never have the employees at fast food restaurant, or really any restaurant for that matter, gone out of their way to be so kind. I got the impression that their kindness did not spring from a motive of being a paid employee, but out of a genuine heart's desire to be kind to the patrons who visited the restaurant.
More than that, there was an ambiance of love and gratitude that seemed to be shared among the diners - something that is rarely felt in this rushed and busy world where most people seem to be out for number one. It was as if, in some way, the kindness of the employees had reached out and touched each person in a heartfelt way and each person, in turn, was relaxed, smiling and truly enjoying just being there. To some it up in one word, it felt like love.
Surely, you must by now think I'm joking, but I'm not. Kindness, joy and gratitude stem from a heart filled with love, love for fellow person, love for service and most of all, love for God. I have no idea if the staff employed at this particular Chick-Fil-A on this particular day are Christians or not; all I know if that their joy in serving was genuine.
Truly, today's lunch was one of the most peaceful that I have experienced and I am so grateful for that. I was lifted up by the attitude and manner in which I was served and in turn I lift up praise to the Lord for this. I was also motivated to share such kindness to others I meet in my day. Chick-Fil-A, way to pass it on!
So, with all this being said, Thank you Chick-Fil-A for all the ways that you serve our community! :)