January 20, 2022
We have been looking at the teaching and the service of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Mark on Sunday mornings. We have been looking at the power of perseverance. Not just the perseverance of those seeking healing but the determination of Jesus among the crowds. Through his public ministry he did teach. He taught servant hood clear and plain. Throughout His life He always put others first before Himself. Everyday He would spend time with His Father alone, in prayer to prepare Himself for His day ahead, in teaching, healing, praying, but mostly serving. Who among us does not want to be recognized for something? We long for human affirmation. We want to be recognized for a job well done, for boldly helping others, for supporting a cause we believe in. Within the four Gospels as we study the life of Jesus, He quietly teaches about serving.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger writes a story about her personal experience: “I was out at my mother and father’s house, a seventy-mile round-trip from my own, because my mother needed a little help. She needed a little help because my father, who has full-blown Alzheimer’s, had taped duct tape all over the three long windows in the bathroom, so that the “little people” who haunt his days and nights wouldn’t be able to look in. She needed a little help because her mother (my grandmother) who lives with them and who will be 102 in December, likes to snack in bed and bugs were starting to show up in her room, which was generally a mess anyway. This is to say nothing of my mother’s normal daily routine of cooking, cleaning, shopping, banking, medicating, driving, washing, ironing, not sleeping more than five or six hours a night due to dad’s “little people pounding on the windows,” and other mortally tiring duties and distractions that would fell any lesser human being. My mother is seventy-five and has had a hip replaced. There were certainly other things I’d rather have been doing that day, but I love them dearly, so there I was, “helping.” I emptied and washed my grandmother’s reeking chamber pot, scrubbed the bathroom floor where she regularly misses the toilet, took Daddy shopping for a bath curtain, pulled off all the tape, hung the curtain, washed, and hung out several loads of really stinky laundry, scrubbed and swept, changed bedding and tablecloths, loaded the dishwasher, etc.
Then, weary, and depressed, I sat down to dinner with my three darlings and a peculiar thing happened: I was overcome with a feeling of immense gratitude. It occurred to me that it was my honor to give them that measly gift of a single day’s servitude out of the so many thousands of such days my mother puts in single-handedly without a word of complaint. It was my privilege to empty their chamber pots and wash their dirty clothes. I felt an overwhelming sense of existing, for a brief moment, in a glow of divine grace.”
God has called all of us to service, to His service. We are called to be Servant Leaders wherever we are. Be that person to someone and fulfill your Godly purpose. God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light