Recently I paid a visit to one of my favorite burger places, Culvers. I’m trying to eat a little healthier now that I’m only two months away from turning 30, but it’s hard to pass up a good Butter Burger. Anyways, on this particular visit I was picking up dinner for the family on my way home from the office. After placing my order and receiving my food I begin to drive away not thinking to check my order (I know, big mistake). As I drove around the building and approached the exit of the parking lot something very strange happened, two employees came running out of the restaurant waving me down. They ran across the parking lot to deliver the rest of my order that didn’t make it in the bag. As I thanked them for running me down, they apologized and explained how “horrible” it would be if I didn’t receive my full order.
It is sad to say that most places would have let me drive off and never take the initiative to run across the parking lot. They would have said, “oops we forgot part of his order”, and moved on to the next customer. Why? Because it is inconvenient and it takes a little more effort. In ministry we sometimes will need to do something inconvenient in order to make sure that people leave with what they came for. We may have to walk across the room and go out of our way to connect with them.
When we go the extra mile to assure that people are ministered to, I assure you the payoff will be well worth it. Oh by the way, Culvers was voted the best burger chain in the U.S. for 2007.