When I walked in, the familiar looking manager said, “Hey Trey, how have you been?”
I finally realized it was my old friend Chris that I hadn’t seen in a few years. He hadn’t changed much, other than he was now shaving his head. Chris and I had become friends when a few years earlier I had done both of the funerals for his grandmother and mother.
After a big hug and a few greetings, I asked Chris how long the wait was going to be. With a big smile on his face he said, “There’s not a wait for you, you’re family.” He immediately took me and my family to a table. It was pretty humbling to be treated so special, just because we knew the manager.
After a really nice meal our waitress came over and said, “There will be no charge tonight. Our manager said it is on us.” Once again, I felt a little embarrassed for being treated like some kind of royalty. (I think it was then that my son Connor leaned over and said to me, “See Dad, I told you I should have ordered a big steak.”)
As we left, I hugged my friend again, thanked him and told him he was too kind to me. He again said, “I consider you my family and family doesn’t pay in my restaurant.” Although very grateful for his generosity, I felt so humbled and a little embarrassed. I stood there wishing that there was some way I could have expressed just how thankful I was.
As I left there, I couldn’t help but think, that’s how Jesus treats us. He is SO much better to us than we really deserve. Even though I do nothing to deserve it, with a big smile on his face, he throws his arms around my neck, hugs me and calls me his family. Despite all my flaws, he still chooses to bless me in amazing ways. And once again, I can’t help but feel very overwhelmed, humbled and a little embarrassed by it all. I wish there was someway I could show Jesus just how thankful I am. Oh, but there is, I will choose to live for him today, and tomorrow, and so on.
Thank you Jesus for being better to me than I deserve.