You have probably eaten at a cafeteria. A cafeteria is a place where food is dispensed for you at a serving line, whereas a buffet is self-serve. There is a local cafeteria that I frequent. While being served I watch who’s serving, but I especially watch how much they serve. I’ve noticed that if a new employee is serving they serve portions which seem less than full to me. Full is a relative term. I rationalize saying to myself that the new employees have just been trained on the proper amount to serve.
I’ve also noticed that if a supervisor happens to be serving that day they serve portions which are even smaller than the new employee. Perhaps they have an instinctive portion measure as it relates to the financial bottom line. My favorite servers are the experienced ones: those who have been working at the cafeteria for a while and those who recognize me as a repeat customer. These servers always seem to give fuller portions. They will scoop food into a plate or bowl, and scoop again, and scoop again. These are the servers I want serving me. They will always give good portions piling the food on and sometimes its running over. I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.
This is a great example of the blessing of the giver Jesus describes in Luke 6:38 which says, Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over… As the seasoned cafeteria employee who “piles it on” our giving is rewarded with abundance: we receive a good measure that is pressed down and running over.