Service At Panera Bread

Have you ever been served distinctively by someone outside of your home? It doesn’t have to be a big, momentous occasion. It doesn’t have to lead to your whole world changing in an instant.

But you notice it. You feel it. You feel happier for it.

Yesterday, I was at a local Panera Bread company, sipping flavored hazelnut coffee and finishing up some contract work before my next appointment. I needed a standard-sized envelope, so I walk up to someone donning a company-branded shirt and said, “This is going to be a weird question …

Quickly, he grinned, interrupted, and said, “Sir, there are no weird questions coming from our best customers.”

Okay. Maybe that was part of his training — like a Chik-fil-a representative responding to your “thank you” with “my pleasure,” but who cares. It was unique. It was encouraging. It was helpful. More than that, he went into the back office with a handful of them as asked how many I needed.

Come to find out, Richie was the General Manager of the store. I could see why.

Jesus explained,

“You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.”

Matthew 20

Remember, serving someone well doesn’t have to be a big thing in your life, but it should be a thing in your life. Serve well. Love well, and pour into the lives of those around you.


Published by Todd Stocker

I love my family, music, writing and the Minnesota Vikings!

One thought on “Service At Panera Bread

  1. Hop, it reminded me to never give up hope. God is still on the throne. Blessings to Panera Bread.

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