Offerings and Attitudes

“Wow! My favorite salad and sandwich place!” I thought as I recognized a franchise name while wandering into the airport during a layover for a connecting flight.

“Chicken Caesar salad,” I smiled, giving my order and remembering the glorious look and taste of the prepared salad from a restaurant at home by the same name. The gloved employee didn’t return the smile, but sized up the line behind me. She yanked out a fluff of lettuce already packed in a container, ripped off the lid, jammed the chicken and other toppings on top of the lettuce, then beat down the salad with her gloved hand as if it had been attempting to escape. Scowling, she forced down a container of dressing in the middle. Then she snapped the lid shut and handed it to me. Nine seconds flat–possibly a record!

I studied the remains, wondering “Is salad abuse a punishable offense?” I tried to eat it, but I wallowed in remorse for the chicken’s undeserved beating. I thought I saw bruises its full length. Then I felt sorry for the tomatoes, pummeled into puree, and the oppressed onions broken to bits.

The employee’s attitude and her offering were unacceptable.

What I had expected was the delight of watching the employee prepare the dish with care. Months before in our town, I had remarked to my friend Sally, “Look how carefully they measure the lettuce! Wow! That grilled chicken looks great!”

My friend had remarked, “The other toppings really make this a feast!”

One employee had continued fussing over the salad arranging the toppings so they were colorful, crisp, and tasty. Truly he understood that a person eats with their eyes first. He gave each order his best and served the customers well, even when there was a line.

In the clean, bright atmosphere next to a wall of windows with fashionable furniture, we had enjoyed the experience and the meal and returned often.

Two restaurants with the same name and menus. Two attitudes about giving. Two attitudes about offerings.

Our attitudes give value to our offerings to God.

From Deuteronomy 15:10, written by Moses, the Bible reads, “Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart, then because of this, the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” [NIV]

When giving of ourselves to God in time, finances, and actions, what attitude does God see?

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing, 2011. For more chuckles, enjoy her book and check her weekly blog on]