There is something comforting about the theme song from Cheers. I can’t help but sing along to it, especially when it comes around to the part in the chorus: “Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.”
I always wanted to find a place like that. In a way, I have. On certain days when I need a pick-me-up, I go to a particular diner a few blocks down from where I work to get a cup of coffee and some breakfast, which includes a plate of fruit. I’ve ordered the same thing pretty much every time I go there. I have an allergy to a certain fruit so I leave that fruit to the side every time. It’s not a big deal—there are generally only a piece or two in the mix and as long as I don’t eat it I’m fine.
Well, the other day, without even asking (I’ve never asked for it to be removed), my regular waitress took the fruit out for me! She noticed that I always left it on my plate. I thought it was very considerate of her. It reminded me of something Jesus said to his disciples about his Father. He said in Matthew 6:8, “For your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
I know it may seem like a simple thing—a small gesture that the waitress performed—but for me, she was acting as Jesus would act. She knew what I needed without me having to ask. How many times in our lives do come across little ways we can make someone’s life brighter or better? Do we act upon them?
I’m going to try a little harder to do that. What about you? Have you had an experience where a small gesture meant a lot to you? Please share in the comment section below.