The concept of a tip was first mentioned in George Farquhar’s play The Beaux Stratagem of 1706. According to the Oxford Dictionary, this 17th century term means to give or pass. Thus, this act of gratitude has since been applied by individuals to local businesses who exhibit quality service. Today, the acronym known as TIPS exists to insure proper service.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace, 1 Peter 4:10.
One of my first jobs was at the Concord Mall, serving as a bus boy in the old cafeteria. Whether it was my service or not, I rarely received a decent tip, often collecting spare change left on tables. Those who work in restaurant and service oriented positions tend to live and die by the gratuities one receives. This element leads to jubilation or disappointment, motivating individuals to do whatever possible to insure proper service.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another, Galatians 5:13.
If only Christians could apply this concept to daily life, the world would be a better place. According to the apostle Paul, Jesus freed mankind from the burden of sin so that people can serve one another through love. To insure proper service in local communities requires hearts inspired by the Holy Spirit. Relying on your own strength, the love human beings possess is limited. Therefore, if you want to maximum your full potential, pray that God will revive and transform you to become the loving hands of Jesus here on earth.
by Jay Mankus