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    Lessons From A Flight Attendant

    March 25, 2019 Lori Henry

    ORIGINAL POST: FEBRUARY 13, 2018

    Recently, we took a trip to Texas.  As our vacation ended, we boarded a jet that was to take us from Waco to Dallas.  The airport was small.  The jet was small.  Two seats on either side of the aisle.  It was a short flight...approximately 22 minutes. 
         As my husband and I boarded, the flight attendant greeted us cheerfully.  Extra Cheerfully.  She was smiling, and you could just tell that it was genuine.  As people were making their way to their seats, she busied herself with talking to each person, stashing this, fixing that, until all were seated.  
         Next, as the pre-recorded voice was heard over the intercom explaining how to fasten your seat belt, and what to do if there should be a need to use the air or under-the-seat cushions, she performed the instructions like she was starring in a Broadway hit!  All smiles, and a little comedy!  People were beginning to chuckle now, including us.
         We learned that her name was Thye.  Before the plane even took off, she fairly waltzed down the aisle with a broad smile, singing and asking people how they were.  Then she came around and said, "Would you like pretzels?  After all, we can't let anyone on this plane go hungry!"  Once served, she asked if we wanted a drink.  I happened to be on the verge of getting a migraine, and I knew that Coke would help.  I asked for Coke, and she looked at me and said with a smile, "Do you want a whole can, sweetie?"  My husband asked if there was coffee, and she hesitated for just a moment before answering, "I'm sure I can rustle some up!"  I don't think they served coffee on that flight, but she went out of her way to get him some.
         She was friendly, energetic, sweet and accommodating.  She treated us like we all were in first class !  Everyone was important to her.  She made the flight fun!  I could hear people around me saying things like, "Well, isn't she sweet!" and "What a happy person she is!"  
         To some flight attendants, this would probably be the "bottom of the barrel" in flights!  If it wasn't with a major airline, going to major places, they wouldn't want it!  But to Thye, it was special.  She owned it.  It was her job, and she chose to be positive and treat people with respect and warmth! 
    This reminds me very much of the song, "Brighten the Corner Where You Are." 

    DO NOT WAIT UNTIL SOME DEED OF GREATNESS YOU MAY DO,
    DO NOT WAIT TO SHED YOUR LIGHT AFAR TO THE MANY DUTIES EVER NEAR YOU NOW BE TRUE,
    BRIGHTEN THE CORNER WHERE YOU ARE!


           Do we choose to brighten the corner where we are?  Do we choose to bloom where God has planted us, or are we too worried about what other people are doing, or with what other people have?  I came across a quote a while back that I instantly loved.  It said, THE GRASS IS GREENER WHERE YOU WATER IT.  If I am only concerned with what I don't have, or with what I didn't get, I'm not watering my grass, and it's going to fade and die.  
         No matter where God puts me, I am responsible for reflecting His light, warmth and love there!  I must also ask myself this question: "If nobody saw what I was doing, would I still do it for His honor and glory?"  I don't want to be seen of man, but of God, however, man does see when we glorify God even in the smallest of tasks!  So just like Thye, we need to brighten the corner where we are!  Let others know we serve a great God!
    Matthew 5:14-16 "Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."



            

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