Today on my drive to work, I was thinking about how serving others makes my faith come alive. Sometimes when my relationship with the Lord has become lifeless (due to my lack of discipline of course), it does me good to serve someone else.
As I was sitting at my desk working this morning, a knock came at my office door. It was our wonderful custodian, Gilbert, who cleans and polishes the courthouse. He makes this place shine like a new pair of shoes. It’s not unusual for him to ask if there is anything we need or something he can do for us.
But, this time he was holding a pot of coffee. He looks at me and says, “Coffee?”
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My office is on the second floor. The coffee pot is downstairs on the first floor. I’ve never had coffee delivered to my office.
Not sure what to say, out comes, “No thanks…um, I take cream and sugar.” I knew that was a stupid thing to say but I was caught off guard.
He smiles, pours my cup full and says, “I will be back!”
Before I can say anything, he takes off. A couple minutes later, he shows up with cream, sugar, a coffee stir stick and a napkin.
I smiled gratefully and told him that he was a good man. I thanked him kindly for his generosity and service.
Gilbert continually looks for ways to serve everyone at work. I know he is a Godly man, and I know he does these things to glorify God, not himself.
As a Christian woman who knows I’m suppose to “serve others”, I repeatedly find myself thinking I don’t have any opportunities or the time to serve. Or, I convince myself it has to be some big, long-standing, time commitment. But, God reminded me today that is not true. There is always a way to serve others, even if it is just pouring them coffee.
Needless to say, I’m humbled.
Humbled that someone served me rather than me serving them.
Humbled that God showed me it doesn’t have to be a big thing. The smallest things can bring a smile to someone’s face.
Humbled that this man’s faith is so strong that he looks for ways to serve all of us to glorify God.
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”