Make me a servant Humble and meek
Lord let me lift up Those who are weak
And may the prayer Of my heart always be
Make me a servant today
An old chorus that kept going through my mind this morning. What has happened? Am I still a servant? Am I humble or as I grow older have I become a bit proud of my service to Him? We just finished a week of Bible School in our congregation and someone asked how many years I had been a part of VBS. I was very proud to tell them I had helped for 65 years. PROUD with a capital “P”! I did indicate I had missed a year in all that time. 😊 Why would I feel so proud? God has blessed me in more ways than anyone can imagine in those 65 Bible School experiences. It brought me Joy (with a capital “J”.) No need to be proud…God had given me his greatest treasures as I taught his children and watched them grow to bring their children and then their grandchildren. What a privilege He gave me.
And I sing humble and meek… meekness is not a trait I am known for in my circle of friends. Google defines meek as: “enduring injury with patience and without resentment; submissive.” These are not characteristics that have increased as I have aged. As an individual ages, we often begin to believe that we have the answers to everything. 😊 Meekness coupled with humble becomes a beautiful combination the more it grows, and I continue to pray that as his servant I acquire these qualities.
I tend to dwell on my weaknesses rather than lift those who are ‘weaker” than me. I used to walk three or four miles a day. So, I can’t do that anymore, but I can still walk and help those who need assistance of a cane or walker. I can shop and do errands for those who are in wheelchairs or bed-fast. Not three miles, but a few steps may be all that is necessary.
Once I had a very visible active role in my congregation. Because of circumstances of my choice that is not true at this stage in my life. However, so many people need an encouraging word, a time of prayer, or a pat of love. All lifting of the weak that I can still do.
So as these words linger with me today, I search my actions and pray again “Make me a servant today”
And whatever stage of life you may find yourself in today, I encourage you to join me in this prayer.