ROAD RULES by the Rev. Anthony Payton
As I write this column today, I am in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This is my second trip here and second time I have stayed at this hotel. I had planned on going to Brazil, but bookit.com made me an offer I could not refuse. And besides, there are worse places to be.
I was eating breakfast this morning, and noticed that the food was not as good as it was in April when I came down. So this afternoon, I decided to pull my guest services representative aside and share it with him. I didn’t get loud. I literally asked him to walk with me and I shared my perception of the food with him.
So, he thanked me for being kind and moved me the VIP lounge. Now I am on the top floor eating dates and fresh fruit with government officials. All my food and amenities are free for the rest of my stay, because they come with the VIP package.
Some are asking me, “What kind of work do you do?” and “Where are you from.” One thought I was an African king. The private chef came out and introduced himself to me and preceded to tell me, “If there is anything you need on or off the property, let me know and I will make sure it is provided.”
Needless to say, I am humbled, but not blown away. Why? Because what they don’t know is: I had VIP status before I arrived here. The BLOOD of Jesus gave that to me and I am more than an African king— I am part of a royal priesthood!
Help me somebody!
However, there is a “Road Rule” lesson here, and that is, “A kind word goes a long way.” That’s one that my mother and grandmother taught me. They had no MBA or PHD behind their names, but they had what black people in the south called, “Mother Wit.” While God’s grace gave me VIP status, mother wit prepared me for the open door. No matter what floor of a hotel I am on, I never will forget the floors of that two room “shotgun” shack at 1125 Mobile St., Hattiesburg, Miss. There, I was given the keys to the world.
So, today in the midst of things not going the way you would like, try a kind word. There is a lot of mileage in well-placed kind words.
The Rev. Anthony Payton is pastor of Come As You Are Community Church, 7910 S Anthony Blvd.
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 25 print edition.
Category: Spiritual Matters