I have had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in the hospital this week. Not a great place to be as you all well know. Well, my “room mate” was this little old lady (Ms. Marguerite as she became known) who had a bowel obstruction (brings lovely thoughts to your brain right now doesn’t it). She had a lovely daughter who was there with her through the day. From the time visiting hours started until the time they were done, the daughter was there. However, once the daughter left, I felt responsible for this little lady. Now, here I was writhing in pain and I felt responsible for this lady. On one of the nights there, she was mumbling (in a drugged stupor) about being cold. So, I get up, steady myself (I was in a drugged stupor too) and find a nurse to get her a blanket. Another night, she is mumbling about her tummy hurting. I find a nurse to help her out. I am not saying all of this to pat myself on the back…..believe me, I am NOT. But, this experience did make me wonder, hope, and pray that if I can not ever do these things for myself, that someone will be willing to go get help for me. You see, we are basically selfish people. We basically look out for ourselves. BUT, we are called to look out for others. We are called to serve. Servant literally means “a person who serves another out of debt or duty”. We have a duty as a Christian to serve others. When was the last time you asked someone how they were and really LISTENED to their reply? I do this all the time. I work for an attorney and ask practically every client I speak to during the day “how are you?” However, I don’t always listen to what they have to say. I am trying to change that. I am making an effort and praying that God will give me a bigger desire to be a servant. To be able to love others as He loves. Who knows, I may be the only Jesus they see that day. When I got checked out of the hospital, I held my roomie’s hand, smiled at her, looked her in the eye and told her I would be praying for her. And I have. May God give me a heart to serve the way He did as He walked on Earth.
“Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but the interests of others as well” (Philippians 1:4).