I went to the tiny town of Lakeside yesterday, to meet up with my Australian friend (mostly to listen to her cool accent over a cup of coffee). Driving through the entire town lasts only two minutes, so I was frustrated when I couldn’t find the coffee shop.
I finally pulled into the grocery store parking lot and approached a woman who was putting her bags of food in her car. She said she was driving right past there and why didn’t I just follow her so she could show me where it was. (Hurray for small-town courtesy.) She led me to the little coffee shop, and no wonder I couldn’t find it. The sign for Glacier Perks was smaller than my laptop. When I went inside it was only big enough for five tables, and the menu board only boasted eight or ten food items.
But when I got my coffee? **heaven**
It was the richest, most delicious mocha I have ever had. When we got ready to leave I told the man who made it that it was the best. He leaned across the counter and said, Well, we melt dark chocolate pieces into it.
I would drive a half an hour again for one of their coffees. I love to be surprised by excellence in an unlikely place, and this experience was a little reminder to me that I should use finesse when I serve people.
Attention to detail.
No shortcuts on quality.
Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27 NIV) If melting dark chocolate into a cup of coffee isn’t love, I don’t know what is.
Can you think of a way to add some high-quality details as you serve someone today?