Humble Servant

 

1 Peter 4:10 Easy-to-Read Version 
God has shown you his grace in many different ways. So be good servants and use whatever gift he has given you in a way that will best serve each other.

 

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My mother always said her picture of Girl with a Broom was a picture of me as a servant. I always liked that print, however there was a sad tired look in her eyes. She is surrounded by dark shades of brown and rust; even her hair is a rusty-red.

 

Philippians 2:3-4  International Children’s Bible 
When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.

 

Not having children, I’ve been able to pretty much do as I please through life, which left me time to help others; my strength it seems is in cleaning and organizing. I love clearing out the old to make room for newness of life; life needs space to grow, shift, and adapt. When life is crowded with too many things, we can lose the freedom to live simply.

 

Psalm 18:19 New International Version 
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

 

I am not one to talk about simplicity. I squander money on not just one skirt I love, but one of each color. Yes, I use them; and yes I do give them away if I haven’t used them in a year; but excess is just not necessary. I would do better to have one or two items, get the enjoyment out of those, then give them to someone who might enjoy them too; then I could purchase something fresh and new. Now that is a happy plan!

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 International Children’s Bible 
If anyone belongs to Christ, then he is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new!

 

In helping others I must first look at myself; as the man with the log in his eye; take care of my own imperfections before pointing out imperfections in others.

 

Matthew 7:3-5 Good News Translation 
Why, then, do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye? How dare you say to your brother, ‘Please, let me take that speck out of your eye,’ when you have a log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

 

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