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Gatekeeper in Heaven
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“What’s your favorite class,” I ask my grandson, who’s a student in kindergarten. “That’s easy,” he says with a big toothless grin. “It’s recess.”

College students often jest that they’re going to major in basket weaving, and anyone frustrated with the stress of a full-time job may say they’d prefer being a Walmart greeter. Standing, smiling and greeting people at the electronic doors of one of the 3,000-plus U.S. megastores seems like “recess” to those of us putting in 40 hours a week at a demanding job.

Although recess is fun, without the other three R’s kids will languish when it’s time for high school. And basket-weaving is entertaining and a needed commodity; truth is, there’s not a large market for those skills. And the much maligned job of Walmart greeter may soon be a thing of the past.

Walmart Greeters

Purported to be Sam Walton’s “greatest idea,” the career is apparently a victim of the recession. Since 1980, Walmart greeters have helped make shopping more comfortable – especially for older shoppers. Beyond welcoming customers, the job was designed to provide an aura of safety to the front of the store as well as extra protection against shoplifters — not as cushy as it appears. Within the last year, greeters have been removed from the overnight shift. During the day shift, the greeters, dressed in their blue vests, are moving deeper into the store to more actively help with customer service.

Sam Walton did have a great idea – making people feel welcome and assisting them when they have questions. The Bible talks about door greeters. In this passage, David chooses that job over living the good life. He says, “A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked” (Psalm 84:10).

Gatekeeper in Heaven. Now that’s a job
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