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Being A Servant

Matthew 23:11″ The greatest among you shall be your servant.”

Servanthood is becoming a rare commodity in our present “do-it-yourself” world.

I still remember when going to the store was a rather stress-free experience.  There were plenty of department store staff willing to help you find your item, find your size and  make sure you had a perfect fit. A transaction was not complete until the customer was fully satisfied.

Finding shoes was one challenge that sales persons helped make less frustrating. First, they measured feet with a sliding metal device. Then they searched the back room for the selected shoes. In Cinderella’s footman style, they kneeled to slip shoes on customers’ feet. They had to use extra care to avoid causing pain to their customers.  Sometimes a shoe horn was used to slip the shoes on. For children, they had to master the skill of assessing “room to grow” by mashing the end of the big toe allowing an inch of space from the shoe tip. I sometimes was embarrassed for shoe salespeople as they inevitably encountered customers with smelly or calloused feet that were not too appealing.

Finding a bra in the lingerie department was another ordeal that became fairly painless as salesladies made numerous trips back and forth from the dressing room to be sure a style was chosen  that properly fit chest measurements. They had to learn to be discreet and complimentary no matter the proportional challenges of the customers they assisted.

At gas stations,  attendants stood in line ready to pump gas, clean windshields and check fluid levels under hoods.  In addition, all states made it mandatory for vehicles to pass a maintenance test in order to be driven each year. It was uncommon to see cars broken down by the side of the road in those days because of the level of service every automobile owner received.

I have rarely received such extraordinary service in my current day shopping excursions or auto repair work. When I do, I am sure to let the salesperson or mechanic know of my appreciation. Servanthood is a quality in the service industry that is greatly missed.  However,  it is something that we all can make a conscious effort to try to exhibit to others at whatever station in life we find ourselves.

 

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What Is Your Passion And How Can You Use It For God?

There are a plethora of things that I find pleasure doing in my leisure time.  I enjoy writing, thus this post. I find joy while gardening, decorating or creating repurposed home decor. I also am happy while singing.  I have become convicted that God has given me these passions not to satisfy my own interests. I should use them to bring Him glory and to be a blessing to others.

A person does not have to be complicated to make an impact on others. I have often felt that my skills and interests were too insignificant to be meaningful or have an effect on others. This couldn’t be further from the truth. God has used many people through the years that had simple gifts coupled with great faith that made a remarkable difference in the lives of others.

Fred Rogers is an example of how God used talent in a simple, yet meaningful way. His famous quote was “It is better to be simple and deep than to be complicated and shallow.” His simple yet loving words impacted a whole generation of children through his famous public television program Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. He told children daily for years “You are special just as you are.” Many people do not know that he was an ordained Presbyterian minister who chose his pulpit to be through television.

I suggest that you make your abilities known to others. You never know when you might be called upon to use them.  Recently, I have been involved in some gardening and decorating projects at my church. It is truly satisfying to use gifts to inspire others and  make a difference for the  kingdom of God.

You don’t necessarily have to have an artistic talent. God has given each one of us a unique ability.  You could be a good cook and could serve others in a community kitchen outreach program. You might be a good organizer and could help put together articles for donation for those that are less fortunate. If you enjoy talking to others you could reach out by telephoning those that are lonely or shut-in at your  church. Whatever you enjoy doing is the key to what you are good at. Why not think of ways that God can use you to serve others? The possibilities are endless.

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