This morning I read Day 34, and boy howdy did it ever speak to this un-servant of the Lord. The section I'm reading now is about how we have been given unique qualities and that we are to use who we are and what we are made of to serve others. Our lives shouldn't be stingy and selfish and only concerned with #1, rather should be used for fellow human "beans" out there.
Day 34 is entitled Thinking Like A Servant. My pencil underlined lots of thoughts in this chapter, practically the entire pages.
Some thoughts that screamed at me from the pages of this book:
- True humility is not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less.
- Servants don't compare, criticize, or compete with other servants or ministries. They're too busy doing the work God has given them.
- Real servants don't complain of unfairness, don't have pity-parties, and don't resent those not serving. They just trust God and keep serving.
- It's not our job to evaluate the Master's other servants.
- Servants willingly accept jobs that insecure people would consider beneath them.
- Only secure people can serve. Insecure people are always worrying about how they appear to others. They fear exposure of their weaknesses and hide beneath layers of protective pride and pretensions.
- Servants enjoy helping people, meeting needs, and doing ministry. They "serve the Lord with gladness" Why do they serve with gladness? Because they love the Lord, they're grateful for his grace, they know serving is the hightest use of life, and they know God has promised a reward.