It all started as a good deed. I stopped by the flower shop on my way home and picked up a bunch of carnations. Wanting to surprise Bonita, I quickly trimmed the stems and looked for a place to get “rid of the evidence.” It is at that point that I lost my mind and ran them down the new garbage disposal!
The stem mistake
Did you know that carnation stems are kind of woody in texture? The clog was so bad our plumber worked several hours with a rooter device to get it open. One friend commented, “so you are human after all?” As a reminder of my human frailties, God allows humbling things to happen to me.As a reminder of my human frailties, God allows humbling things to happen to me. Click To Tweet
Jesus taught His disciples the practice of humility and service to others. As one of His last earthly acts, John 13 records that Jesus “got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet. . .” (v.4+5).
He applied the message of His humble action to His disciples when He told them they were to wash one another’s feet. In other words, they were to serve one another. We are to humbly serve one another too.In other words, they were to serve one another. We are to humbly serve one another too. Click To Tweet
Who and how does God want you to serve today? Whose feet should you wash? If you want to be like Jesus, you must learn to humbly serve others.
The Circuit ‘Riter, Michael Ullrich
Michael Ullrich has written regular devotional thought articles for 8 newspapers since 1980, along with 3 magazines and various websites since the mid 90’s. With his wife Bonita at his side, Michael pastored for 35 years in rural America, most of the time with Village Missions (village-missions.org) and today is the executive director or Cord Ministries International (Cordmin.com) serving missionaries working in Czech Republic, Israel, Honduras, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand, and the United States..
Michael and Bonita have traveled and spoken on mission trips to Bonaire, Poland, Thailand, Mexico, and Honduras. They have 7 children and numerous grandchildren in 5 states and Mexico.