I don’t like being a servant; I want to be the one calling the shots and in control of situations. I can be obsessive and a bit irritable when things don’t go according to schedule. The funny thing is that 1) life doesn’t go according to schedule and 2) no one else in my immediate family is this way so we drive each other nuts.
I’m adjusting to being a caregiver, which means a lot of changes. It also means that I can’t just make decisions based on what I want but need to take someone else’s into consideration. After a much needed sermon, I realized that I needed an attitude change. One of the messages in the sermon that hit home and made me squirm a bit was “sometimes we go through difficult and challenging times because God is trying to get our attention.” It made me stop and think about why God was trying to get my attention and I thought it might be because He wanted me to learn something – like learning what it means to actually put others first.
“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” – Matthew 20:26-28
In a world of selfies the idea of acting like a servant goes against cultural norms. We’re taught to look after “me” because “no one else will” but we’re called to higher standards. We’re called to follow the example and model that Jesus gave us. We’re called to act like Him, which means going against the norm and serving others.
My goal this week was to change my attitude and stop thinking about what I’ve “given up” or what I want to do and focus on following the example set for me. It’s been amazing how much this small difference has made. It’s not about me – God can take back anything He wants because it’s a gift; I don’t deserve anything.
I hope that what you take away from this is a change of heart and a focus on serving others – not necessarily in a volunteer capacity but serving those close to you and putting them first, instead of you. If you do this sincerely, I promise you that you will see a change in your relationships and in your attitude. Let me know how it goes!