Posts Tagged ‘being excellent for Christ’

On Excellence part 8

At Chick-fil-A, doing what Jon Holmes tells us to do is our standard. With Christianity, Christ is our standard. At work, we can’t be perfect but we need to strive, strive, strive. Same is true with God. At work, we get a check for our hard work. With Christianity, we get infinite riches in heaven, get to live more fulfilling lives than others, lives filled with the love of an awesome Christ!

We must try hard not to get slack in our ways, and always remember what we have learned. It’s not an easy journey, being excellent for Christ, but I can promise it is worth it for the reward. Our reward is so much greater than the work we have to do. Jesus gives us everything so graciously and freely.

For the person who is thirsty and hungry for good food and desires good service, I recommend Chick-fil-A. People are friendly and genuine and it is a great family environment, and the food rocks!

For the person who is hungry for a better life, thirsty for something that will truly give them purpose, take away an empty void they feel; for the person who wants a relationship with the Lord of the universe and wants to be free from the fast pase lifestyle that never is really fulfilling, I recommend Jesus Christ:

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'” John 6:35

“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’” John 4:13-14

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’” John 7:37-38

“He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.'” Revelation 21:6

While actual food makes our tummies happy for a little while, if we ‘eat and drink’ of Jesus, he will fulfill the emptiness in our hearts always. I know that there was always a roaming emptiness when I tried to live life by doing things the way society does things, by trying to live for me, focus on only the things I want, be in my own little world. When I made Christ my priority and I truly trusted him, the emptiness went away and was replaced with love and hope and a beautiful purpose. This is because I hungered for him, and he fulfilled my needs. He is the bread of life, he is living water.

On Excellence part 7

We need to humble ourselves and put Jesus first in what we do, make him priority. It is so easy to say you follow Jesus and say you listen to him, but then spend so much time doing things that only make ourselves seem greater, and then we ignore him. We start to get really selfish and only care about ourselves and the desires of our hearts.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday, like through Facebook and Twitter and texting and everything else. We get caught up in this world of noise, and we can’t hear God speak to us anymore. We have to learn to step back and take a break from that. Quiet our own desires and our own heart and the world around us. Listen for Jesus’ voice, listen with our hearts.

We can hear him if we just turn the sound of our own world down. This is how we make him priority. Listen to him before you go on in your day, doing whatever you want. In the morning, spend time in the word and in prayer, asking him what he wants you to do in the course of the day. Do this with no distractions. This is making him priority.

A lot of times, people fast by not eating, so they can be closer to God, so they can spend that time in prayer or studying the bible or doing something that will bring them closer to him. Who says the only way to fast is by not eating food? My friend said she made herself give up Facebook for a short while, so she could quiet her world and be more close to God. We can give up things that distract us from spending time with the Lord. It doesn’t have to be permanent. It doesn’t have to last forever, but just for a little while.

Maybe instead of texting for one hour, you could use that time to catch up on reading the bible. God sees it when we go out of our way to spend time with him. That’s what he wants, our attention, our hearts. This whole thing about quieting the noise in our lives has to do with putting the Lord first. He put us first when he died for us; his father put us first by giving up the one he loved most, because he also loved us.

I won’t insult him by saying that hanging out with my friends all the time or shopping or tweeting is more important that the love he has shown me. I will humble myself. Christ is king of the universe and even he humbled himself.

On Excellence part 6

At Chick-fil-A, we have something called the ‘core 4’, which is the way we approach and take care of each customer. They are enthusiastic tone, enthusiastic smile, emotional connection, and eye contact. We are expected to connect emotionally to people, make them feel important and wanted, even when they are having a bad day or something bad is going on in their world. We have to overcome their obstacles and still reach them.

This is a message that Jesus has for the world! When others are struggling, we are supposed to tell them about the strength in Christ and how he looks after them if they would just trust him. I live every day like this. There is always something awful happening in my world, and all I can do is learn to trust Jesus. I find a sense of calmness in the chaos of this world by doing so. I am certain that He guides me where I need to go. He will guide everyone where they need to go. He overcomes our obstacles to take care of us.

At work, we get fussed at if we don’t do things right; if we mess up orders or don’t pay attention to customers. Even managers get fussed at by the boss, because they have to still continue to improve. We are constantly told to take better care of the customers, and we should constantly strive to take care of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and also those not yet in Christ.

We have to buckle down and get into the word, and see how Jesus lived. We have to shape our hearts until our character reflects his better. Then we have to continue to shape it until it goes from better, to the best it possibly can be. And then it still needs to be better (you thought you were done, didn’t you?). But in fact, we are never ‘good enough’; as in we have to improve to be like Christ all our lives and never stop trying to improve, because we cannot be perfect, so there is always room from improvement. Even the best Christians have room for improvement.

Managers that have worked at Chick-fil-A for years are not perfect and continue to improve. We have to encourage one another to spend time in prayer and in the word and with fellow Christians, so we can grow in Christ. Each day we should find a way to walk and be a little closer to Jesus.

On Excellence part 5

At Chick-fil-A, we have a few meetings throughout the year.

At a meeting one time, the boss, Jon, was talking about how we are supposed to be better than the competition. He talked about a book called “You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School”. He said we were eagles, and that he would not have hired us if we were ducks. We have to quit acting like ducks. We need to soar high above others.

I feel we should be the same as Christians. We have to outshine the world, so that others will see us and want to be like us. When I say “outshine the world”, I don’t mean become obsessed with the things the world is obsessed with, like fame for ourselves and power and money- I don’t mean shine brighter that way.

I mean shine brighter in love. Where someone else might act cold towards one, we should treat them with love and integrity. Where someone of the world might choose to ignore someone, we should choose to invest time and energy into every person we come across. We shine brighter as Christians by being more like Christ. We become more like Christ by loving each other with all our hearts, because Jesus loved us with all his heart. That means helping people when they are in need. It means talking about Jesus, and also being about him in all we do.

Our lifestyles should reflect what the Gospels teach. In becoming more like Christ- more selfless and giving and always doing things to draw people into Christ- we shine brightly. If we would get our hearts to be more like Jesus’ heart, and learn to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow him- the world won’t look at us as greedy or hypocrites or liars. They will see love and breathtaking beauty and that is who I see Christ as: breathtakingly beautiful, and I want others to see him that way, by transforming my heart to be more like His heart. I know I am accomplishing this.

One time, I poured my heart out to God in a poem. I wrote this detailed imagery about the urgency of bringing people to Christ, and I shared it with some people on this website. I was so heartbroken because of so much joy, due to what one person had said. He said he was a flaming atheist and that he thought the poem was amazing. This is how people should see us. Even if they already have negative feelings toward us, we should still be able to affect them and change them little by little. People should see us collectively as the beautiful bride of Christ. This is my mission. This is our mission.

On Excellence part 4

Another example of how much we deal with behind the scenes at work: One day, it got really busy at Chick-fil-A, and there were a lot of people in line. We kept taking orders, and had to also go get the trays of food and find all the people whose orders we took. This was after I had gotten out of school, and I am tired when I get out of school. I felt overwhelmed by the situation. I was doing good at taking orders and getting the food out.

But then one time, my manager came to me with this tray that she said was mine. She asked me who it belonged to, and I really had no idea. I told her that, and I went looking for the group of people. I had eventually found them, and then I returned to her. She called in a group of us girls and talked about how we need to take care of our customers.

She didn’t wanting us taking orders and not knowing who food belonged to. So she fussed at us a little, and we went back to work. But ever since that day, I’ve been thinking about it in terms of Christianity. At work, I was tired from school, we were busy, it was very hectic, and I was still expected to be excellent; still expected to take great care of customers.

I look at the work of Christ on the cross and see his beauty and his perfection, knowing all I can do is strive to be like him, even though I can never come even a little close to such perfection. As Christians, we get mocked sometimes, laughed at, called morons- I’ve been there. But we are called to humble ourselves, and hanging on to the love of Christ, still take care of people who call us names, who frustrate us or make our lives difficult.

We are called to ‘take care of our customers’, whether they be our family in Christ or those not yet a part of our family. He’s the boss, he calls the shots. I’m sure my boss at work would have told me the same thing my manager had said.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” John 15:18-20

Jesus was persecuted, and we will be persecuted also. But we get his love and blessings and a breathtaking relationship with him in return.

On Excellence part 3

Why is striving for and committing to excellence so important? Well, at work, it’s so we don’t get yelled at and that we keep our jobs! But seriously, even at work, the boss says that people can take the skills they learn there, like being a leader, and use them for whatever the workers do in life. This is so true! If I didn’t get a job at Chick-fil-A, I wouldn’t be able to compare this to how we need to go about achieving excellence for Christ. Thank you, Holmes!

But committing to excellence in Christ through everything we do is to show that we love the Lord with all our hearts. God the Father didn’t keep his one and only precious on from us. He offered up his very best and only that, not his 2nd best. He didn’t send down some mediocre angel, he sent his very joy, the center of his heart: his perfect son Jesus Christ. He loved us, and gave us his best for our sake, therefore we are called to make him priority, put him first and give him our best for his sake and the sake of others. We are called to love like he did, and that means going up and beyond for him.

“’A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’” John 13:34-35

It’s true. Others will know we are his disciples when we love one another. They will see the love. I am hard on myself about singing because when I sing for him, I want it to be the best it can be. This may mean many hours of practice and rehearsal and growing through criticism. I deal with people I don’t like. I take crap from people I can’t stand because I adhere to this standard.

Sometimes the job at Chick-fil-A is really hard! Don’t get me wrong, we all get tired, all have problems. At work, sometimes it drives me crazy to go to school and then go to work right afterward, and then stay until we close. We have personal problems and sometimes don’t feel cheery or feel like smiling. One of my managers had a family member who had a stroke.

I was so amazed by her humility because even though this was true, she was still smiling, and she was talking to me and some other girls, saying it was not easy to do when you feel down like that, but it is still part of the job. She said if she can do it, so can we. It was so cool how she was putting the happiness of the customers above her happiness. She’s paid to do it, but that doesn’t make it easy.

This reminds me of a Christian parallel. As Christians, sometimes we find it hard to deal with people who are radically against our faith and they are hard to deal with. I know I deal with people like that! Like no matter what you say, they basically hate it. We get so frustrated! Yet and still, I remember my manager putting up with people despite her pain, and so I am learning to look deep inside myself and find strength and grace to put up with people, loving them, despite how they make me feel. At work, we get paid for it, and with Christ, we get his many blessings that blow us away. We get more joy than we could imagine.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’” Matthew 5:10-12

Jesus had grace when he was persecuted, and he still loved his persecutors. The people who ended up killing him, the Jews he had grown up with, Pilate, a bunch of people who blamed him for doing no wrong, who had tried to stone him and finally succeeded in killing him- he died for them! He died to rescue everyone who spit on him and rescue the ones who put nails in him. He died to rescue all of us who have done wrong on earth, which is… all of us. So Christ had mercy on me, and so I have mercy on others. I know that by being persistent and fighting to win people’s heart to the name of Christ, their hard hearts eventually will be softened a little.

I attempt to be graceful like that manager, and graceful like Christ. A worker pursuing excellence is someone who has their own problems behind the scenes, but you can’t tell because they are trying to stay in ‘work mode’. A disciple pursuing excellence is someone who may get fed up with others and with the hardships in following Jesus, but push on, even when difficult.

On Excellence part 2

I have been working at Chick-fil-A for about a year. It has been a great experience, and I want to relate it to being a disciple of Christ.

At Chick-fil-A, we aim for excellence. We are not allowed to settle for 2nd best. We are told to keep improving at whatever we do, taking care of customers to the fullest possible amount, and to be upbeat and smile. Our boss Jon Holmes would never lest us settle for being less than the best.

I believe Christians should be the same way: we should aim to be excellent. We should never settle for being 2nd best, we should do our job to the best of our abilities. What is our job as Christians? Go and make disciples! Bring people to Christ! Encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ to not sin, to remain strong in their hearts while they pursue being like Christ.

Making sure we take care of ourselves when it comes to Jesus and heaven, doing all that he asks us to! We need to fight to win back a world lost in sin, and show everyone in Christ and not yet in Christ the love in the Lord. We need to love one another. All of this stuff is our job as Christians. We have to aim for excellence, putting our foot down in a powerful and effective way to a world that ignores us. We become excellence by striving to be more like Christ.

Personally, I aim for excellence at work by listening wholeheartedly to my managers, trying to do everything they ask to avoid trouble. I definitely listen to the boss when he tells me something, and I put what he says above what anyone else says. I try to go above and beyond to meet the needs of customers and to appear friendly and loving to show that I care. Surprise them with kindness: helping them carry their trays, smiling, making conversation, actually investing in each individual as much as I can, because this is part of our job. Our job is not just to take money and orders. We are to also exhibit this kindness and show how much we care, making people feel not just like a customer, but like they are at home.

For Christ, I aim for excellence by listening to those who are above me, such as pastors and people I see that are living for God. I keep in mind that they are not perfect, not always right, but I respect them and try to listen to them so I may learn how to become closer to God. I always listen to the boss man, who is God. I guess it would be boss men: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Whatever they say is above what anyone else tells me, because they are the ones who take the most and best care of me. My soul depends on their love and graciousness, so I will respect and listen to them.

I try to go up and beyond for my fellow Christians: not only talking about Jesus with them but also showing them his love through my actions: helping them when they are in need, guiding them when they get lost and need help in the faith, truly loving and being friends with them. I go up and beyond for them, so that they see the love of Christ shining bright in me.

I attempt to act humbly towards non-Christians; encouraging them, being friendly, and being there for them. This is because even as non-believers, they will begin to see the love of Christ in me, and this is what truly wins people to Christ: our actions, not just our words. You could shout at someone all day and they wouldn’t believe a word you said, but if you just showed them sincere kindness, the beauty of Christ flows right out of you, and it is really evident to them. It’s not always about talking the talk. You got to walk the walk!

“When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.” Philippians 2:3-4