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“Humility is the virtue of which I am most proud.”
I hate it when my humble service goes unnoticed. (Really hurts my reputation as a “servant leader.”)
There are true tests the Lord brings into our lives, in all seriousness. What we are not currently interested in (and me among that number) is the work of true humility. Not in a era where “servant leadership” is something celebrated in front of huge crowds.
But, in the meantime, I work to find humor as I strive to find “humble service.” 🙂
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Cor. 8:9)
We spend a lot of time thanking the Lord for his gracious mercy. We are thankful he DID become poor for us.
And we spend so little time considering how we might actually imitate Christ in this way. Too often we are the Levite or the priest in the story of the Good Samaritan. We are thankful for God giving us so much grace… but then miss the opportunity to extend grace to those in need.
We need to imitate Christ rather than just give thanks WE have been lifted out of the pit. How do we make ourselves poor for the sake of others? How do we give out for the sake of others… regardless of their status… because Christ came to us and poured in his mercy regardless of OUR status.
We need THIS spirit working in our hearts: to give out in mercy. To live in mercy. To look to others with hearts that bless instead of curse. This is the way of our Master.
I find myself desiring too many other things. Success. Significance. Someone just noticing something I’ve done.
But that is not my call. Obedience and duty are my call.
7 “Would any of you say to your servant, who had just come in from the field after plowing or tending sheep, ‘Come! Sit down for dinner’? 8 Wouldn’t you say instead, ‘Fix my dinner. Put on the clothes of a table servant and wait on me while I eat and drink. After that, you can eat and drink’? 9 You won’t thank the servant because the servant did what you asked, will you? 10 In the same way, when you have done everything required of you, you should say, ‘We servants deserve no special praise. We have only done our duty.’” (Luke 17:7-10, CEB)
I am SO not there.
If we’re going to beat up on how awful Christians are for bad tipping, which is why half of America is not Christian, by the way, is there not a case to be for awful service?
Let me tell you about a couple of THOSE incidents….
You know why? Because I’ve never had bad service? Hardly. Just last month was an awful waiter at a restaurant I spent quite of bit of money, but still didn’t get much from the waiter.
My response? Why, I handed him a Christian tract and went on my merry way!
No. I gave him a great tip like I always do, with maybe 1 percent or 2 shaved off, but it was my typical generous tip. (I say generous so much to prove I’m a better Christian than most of you reading this post.)
But to my point… and I do have one.
Why NOT tell you about bad service? Because I don’t see the need.
What good does it do me to rail away on bad service at some restaurant especially if I don’t know the whole story? What if the guy got ripped by the last customer and was having a hard time recovering?
I could tell you about a TON of great servers. There are some GREAT stories of the best people who we love to see when we walk into a restaurant, and, contrary to popular belief today, they love to see us.
But let me give you one example of bad service and why I just see no need to rip on it in a social media forum.
It was a few years back and the service was unbelievably slow. It took us well over an hour to get our meal. When I went to pay, I was getting geared up to let them know what I thought. I didn’t need to. The guy in front of me was ripping away.
When I got up the counter to pay, the manager winced a bit, knowing she had to ask yet again, “How was your meal,” and knowing it was going to be another bad story.
She asked, “How was your meal, sir?”
I said, “You know what? It looks like it’s been a bad day and I think you’ve already heard enough. There’s no need for me to pile on.”
She let out her breath and told me how she had made the wrong call in sending people home too early and how hard it had been. It was just a bad call on her part. She knew her mistake. I didn’t need to rehash it.
So, instead of bashing on “bad Christians” or awful waiters, how about we give some leeway and try looking out for the GOOD in others?
I didn’t think so, but I thought I would give it a try anyway.