Story of the Day for Monday July 16, 2012
Asking is Good Policy
Ask, and it will be given to you. seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.
Our family was bone weary from driving across the plains. We found a cheesy hotel and asked if they had a nonsmoking room. They assured us they did.
When we entered our room it reeked of cigarette smoke. But, to make things far worse, it smelled like someone had just emptied an aerosol can of heavily-perfumed air freshener in the room.
We soon discovered that it was, indeed, a nonsmoking room because all the ash trays had been turned upside down.
But I’m the meek sort and didn’t go back to the hotel clerk to sort the matter out.
I found an article by Tim Gard, in the book, Humor Me, especially intriguing. Tim is on the road a lot and stays in hotels 200 days a year. He always makes reservations for a non-smoking room.
Yet, often, as he straggles into a hotel late at night, they have given away his non-smoking room. When this happens, Tim asks for a free upgrade to a nonsmoking suite.
Normally, the hotel clerk tells him, “Our policy doesn’t allow upgrades based on smoking preference.”
To counter this, Tim wrote his own policy book. When he meets with objections, he pulls out his official-looking policy manual, finds the specific policy he needs, and then reads it to the hotel clerk: “If Tim Gard requests and reserves a nonsmoking room at any hotel and that hotel gives his nonsmoking room away prior to his arrival, then that hotel is required, by law, to provide Tim Gard with an upgrade to a nonsmoker suite at no additional cost.”
“It’s my policy,” he tells the clerk,
“Well, that’s not our policy. You need to talk to the manager.”
“Unfortunately,” Tim responds, “my number one policy is: I don’t repeat my policies. Once I’ve said the policy, I’m forbidden to talk about it any more. I’d like to help you, but . . . it’s a policy.”
“Sir, it’s not our policy.”
Tim then demands to be shown the hotel’s policy manual. When they, invariably, fail to produce a manual, he tells them flatly that they’re going to have to go with his.
Tim usually gets upgraded to a suite at no extra charge. Even when he doesn’t, he claims he has a fun time.
Just as I’m afraid to ask for nonsmoking room upgrades, I’m reluctant to ask God for many of the things I desire. Well, it looks like I’m going to have to be bolder. Jesus tells me to ask, to search, to pound on doors.