I did something that people ought not do on any regular basis. I assumed they were helping me!! Excited I tried to ease their efforts by telling them, "I have my cart right here if you want to empty that trash can." Well just imagine how this might sound coming back.
"I had nothing to do with that, I am just picking up my daughter's mess."
"Oh", I answered quickly. Feeling rather discouraged and a little put out, I went about my schedule mulling over the circumstance in my mind. I counseled myself not to judge because I do not always take initiative to do jobs that are not considered mine, and I considered whether or not I would have emptied the trash had the roles been reversed. Yes, I was sure I would have, after all it was as simple as dumping trash in another container.
What was it about the whole exchange that bothered me?
They didn't want to be a servant, and I did not want to be treated like one. Isn't that the same thing?
The mote and the beam, but which was which? The remedy being the same, one must pull it out. I must pull my own out, and leave them to their own, hoping that they too might learn to be a servant. I have been a servant for a long while, but I still have not learned to be treated as a servant. I can only be thankful that Jesus knew how to serve and how to be treated like a servant as well, and I will magnify the Lord who will give me other chances to serve as He would serve.