And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
Day 25 – Will you pray for those are in a position to serve us during this season?
I haven’t begun my shopping for Christmas. This is fairly typical for me; I try to get through the concert season before I begin to think about gifts. When I do get out and about I do notice something that holds true most every year. By December 20 the luster of the commercial season has worn a bit on those who are working retail. And that is certainly the case for most who have chosen to shop that late in the season. I have made it my goal, since this is my usual shopping time, to show as much kindness and grace to those who are in a position of service. I try to make eye contact whenever I can, and to genuinely thank them for helping me. I used to tell my students that a lack of planning on their part should not constitute an emergency on mine. During this season, I try to remind myself of the same axiom. If we are all servants at some time in our faith walk, how do we want our actions to be received? An extra measure of patience, grace, and love could make the difference in the heart of one of those people. And while you’re at it while in line to check-out, take a moment to lift up that young person in prayer. I even bet they will have their name tag so you call intercede for them by name!
Re: Verse reading – Luke 12:13-34 (day two)