What is the job description of a ‘waiter or waitress’?Â The federal government gives the following definition:Â “A waiter is responsible for coordinating the entire station and communicating with front- and back-of-the-house personnel to provide a dining experience that meets or exceeds guest expectations. He will process guest orders to ensure that all items are prepared properly and on a timely basis. He may carve meats, de-bone fish and fowl, prepare flaming dishes and desserts at tableside and present, open, and pour wine when serving guests. He observes diners to ensure that guests are satisfied with the food and service, and he responds to additional requests and determines when the meal has been completed. He totals bills and accepts payment or refers guests to cashier. He may assist bus person with stocking, removing, and resetting dishes and silverware between courses and cleaning and resetting vacated tables.”
Schonwalder.org says, “A waiter should be able to handle any task of a waiter’s complex and demanding job. A waiter should be experienced in seating, greeting, cocktail preparation and service, wine serving and sales. Â If he knows something about accounting, the better for him. A waiter has to be able to explain the menu! Â He has to be able to write fast and legible. He has to know how to serveÂ any and all the guests’ orders! A good waiter is expected to handle himself in any situation, never to get angry with a guest and never to start a fight with coworkers. A waiter should be well groomed and able to stand long hours on his feet.”
It is a matter of choice for any waiter to be:
- a)Â just anÂ order taker and plate carrier or
- b)Â a professional waiter well respected by the customers.
The customer, the patron, the guest – whatever you call him -Â is always right.
God is the diner…God is the guest…God is the patron…God is the customer…and, of course, He is always right.Â
God dines on the fellowship of His children. This is His favorite meal.Â God devours this fellowship and intimacy with His children.
You and I are the ‘wait-ers or wait-resses’.
It is our job to satisfy the needs and desires of our one client for the day or evening.Â We are to turn down every other table for we have one diner, one guest.Â It is God.Â How rude to leave our one table and go serve another!Â For now, we have one table.Â Later, you can wait on the ‘table of work’, and the ‘table of sports’, and the ‘table of finances’.Â But for right now…just one table…God’s table.Â You and I are His ‘wait-er’ andÂ we are to ‘wait’ on Him.
I can decide to do the bare minimum andÂ just takeÂ God’s order and carry His plate.Â Or – I can decide that I am going to make this the greatest dining experience that I can offer!Â No need, no desire will go unmet!Â I will anticipate His every desire and be ready to respond at one simple glance of His eye!Â I willÂ ‘serve’ Him glory and honor and praise.Â I will delight in my work, my path in life,Â and my responsibility as inner joy shows forth.Â I have no way of knowing how long this dining experience will last.Â I really don’t care; I am just enjoying the process.
At some point in time, if I have done my job correctly, my Guest will turn and give me a look of satisfaction that says, “Well done!”Â The dining experience is over for now. In the process, I have learned areas that I can improve.Â In fact, I can’t wait for the next dining experience with my one Guest…God Himself!
By the way…there is a perk to the job!
The prophet Isaiah gives us a great word in IsaiahÂ 64:4, “…GodÂ works…God acts…God moves…on the behalf ofÂ those who ‘wait’ for him!”Â
Have a great week ‘wait-ing’ onÂ your one Guest’sÂ table!
Billy and Sheilah Dawsby