What working at McDonalds can teach you about God

I know I shouldn’t start with a negative, but I’m going to do it anyway:

Don’t retaliate or take revenge. That’s God’s job, not yours. Let me explain.

The summer after grade nine I worked as a cashier at McDonalds. I was glad to get a job. But I was also…

PETRIFIED!

As soon I started the reality set in. I had just finished grade 9 so everyone knew me as a “minor niner.” And how would it go down when one of the cute girls came in? Or even worse, what about my hockey friends?

One of the things you have to realize is that the McDonalds uniforms that people wear now are like Oscar-worthy designer clothes compared to what was being used in 1992. To make it worse, I remember a quarter pounder with cheese stain that… Would. Not. Come. Out!

Okay, breathe.

One of the things you learn at McDonalds is that everyone has a specific job to do. If you do what you’re supposed to do, then you do well. But if you try to do what someone else is supposed to do, you fail.

For example, say a cashier tried to do the manager’s job. Instead of pouring shakes they try to order supplies, study health regulations, and tamper with the employee schedule. If that happened everything would go off the rails.

Maybe it’s a strange way of putting it, but in life our job is to do our job and not God’s. Our job is to glorify God, and to love and serve him and the people around us as we try to continue Jesus’ healing mission to the world. It’s not to retaliate or take revenge when things don’t go our way. That would be like a cashier playing manager at the golden arches.

Isn’t that liberating? Focus on glorifying God, and loving and serving him and the people around you as you try to continue Jesus’ healing mission to the world.

The apostle Paul quotes God’s wisdom in Romans 12:19 to make the point: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”

In other words, don’t retaliate or take revenge. That’s God’s job, not yours.

By Matthew Ruttan

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