As a teenager, I went to work in a tennis shop, learning to string racquets. The owner told me I’d have to practice on old racquets for a couple of weeks before he’d let me get paid to string customers’ racquets. After a few weeks, he gave me a brand new Jack Kramer racquet to string for one of his best customers. In the dark ages of the twentieth century, there were no finer racquets.
I worked carefully and slowly, and when I was done, I said to the shop owner, “I hope he likes it ’cause that’s the best I can do.” He looked it over and smiled and said, “I hope so, too, ’cause it’s yours.”
That man gave me a gift that has lasted long after the racquet gave out. We need to do our best to treat folks like we want to be treated because we never know when our actions may come back to bless us or haunt us. God’s word is clear, “Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”