A Server's Name 
Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 08:00 AM - Extra Christy
Do you know your server's name? Name tags worn by servers at restaurants have been augmented by introductions, "Hi, I'm Jane and I'll be serving you today." I try to remember my server's name at least during the meal. I admit I do it mainly because if the server goes wandering off, I can ask for the server by name.

A breakfast place I frequent regularly had an excellent server. I think she was telepathic. Coffee mugs and water glasses were never allowed to be empty, and appeared on our table in the correct places with appropriate options almost before we sat down. Everything was so smoothly done we never had to think about where our server was much less call out her name.

Last week, was her last day. She said good-bye with unobtrusive grace and finesse in the same way she greeted and served us every week. This week we missed her...and were embarrassed when we confessed to each other that none us knew her name. The Lone Ranger effect.*

I remembered times when my name was used. Growing up, "John Christy Ramsey" was a signal that I was being called to account for a sin of omission or commission and better come running. The more names, the greater the transgression. Not knowing even one name of a person is a sign of the opposite situation, of never having to be called to the table to account for an offense or shortcoming.

I then smiled as this formula threw new light on the Biblical assurance that God has called us by name. I imagine that God has called some us more often and by more complete names than others, for we are not always serving where and as we should.

May your service to others be so faithful that God never has to ask where you are.

I have called you by name; now you belong to me. --Isaiah 43:1b (NIV)

'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'--Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

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