My son teaches me something new almost every day. At just one and a half years old, he shows me how to be more loving, joyful, kind, and adventurous. But his newest “thing” has me in awe.
Ollie is a very independent little boy, he has always wanted to just venture off on his own and do everything himself. At first I saw this as “oh no, I’m in for some trouble.” But he has proved me wrong, once again. He has used this independence for good.
Lately, his favorite thing has been to take our kitchen towel and scrub random things- the walls, his toys, the floor… maybe it’s just him telling me that I don’t clean enough. But to step up even more, anytime I’m washing something or cleaning up a mess, I turn around and there he is, holding that towel with a grin on his face. One day at daycare, something spilled and the first thing he did was run to the bathroom to get toilet paper to clean it up. This boy, at one and a half, does what a lot of people don’t. He DROPS EVERYTHING to help those in need.
For me, and maybe a lot of you too, the problem isn’t not wanting to help. I love when a youth kid or friend asks for something, because it means that you are someone they can rely on. But it always has to be on my time. “Oh yeah, I can come pick you up, but I need to wait for the laundry to be done and then I need to give Oliver a snack and then I need to brush my hair and then and then and then.” Instead of dropping the things that could wait, I put their needs on the back burner to take care of my silly things first.
With everything going on in the world today, we need to remember what Jesus said:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve..” – Matthew 20:28.
My son already has this servants heart, and I pray that never goes away. Where are our servants hearts? Where are we when somebody needs help? Let’s stop getting caught up in our own lives, and let’s start dropping everything instead.