Humble servant

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after . . . widows . . .”  James 1:27 NIV  

My dad lived as a humble servant.  He lead by example, but didn’t expect any thanks or recognition for doing so.  He positively impacted many people in remarkable acts of service, which made a huge impression on me when growing up.  

Dad took the Bible seriously when it came to helping widows.  During grass-cutting season, he and I would cut the yards of all our church’s widows.  It required many hours weekly.  He also believed in excellence–doing everything to the best of one’s abilities.  Our volunteer efforts in cutting grass required perfection.  These widows always had the most beautiful lawns on their street.  Fortunately, we attended a small church and only had a few widows to serve!  

As a boy, slaving in the hot sun wasn’t high on my list of things to do with my time, yet being the obedient son, I always helped my dad.  He gained no monetary reward for his servanthood, but I’m certain he received a tremendous heavenly reward upon his passing.  

This example is but one I could cite about my dad and how he helped others.  He was a remarkable man–unlike anyone I’ve ever met in his spiritual maturity and understanding.  

I think his example would be good for today’s fathers to share with their sons and daughters.  It doesn’t have to include cutting grass for widows, but there are hundreds of activities one could pursue.  

Do you have a servant’s heart?  What can you do to help others?

Prayer:  Thank you, God, for the life of Jesus, the ultimate humble servant.  Amen.

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