Life Preservers

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Why did I get stuck with the stupid-looking life preserver?

I’m out here in the sun, getting sweaty, giving up my time to invest in the lives of our youth from church, and they all get the cool zip-up life jackets while I get the one that looks like a throwaway prop from “Gilligan’s Island”.  Not cool!

Oh yeah, and it chafes, too.

It’s times like these that I have to stop for a moment and do some soul-searching.  I mean seriously, underneath all the fretting and justifications, what is really at the heart of my frustration?

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Given to You

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38

She was NOT a happy camper.

As I sat at the diner-style counter eating my eggs, it was obvious from her comments that this poor server had gone to clean her last table, only to find the prior patrons had stiffed her.  No gratitude, no thank-you, no tip.  I heard her frustrated queries to fellow servers, “Did you clean off table 17?”, “Did the people say anything?” and shared her sinking feeling as she realized her efforts give her customers an enjoyable meal had amounted to nothing.

I checked my wallet: $13.  I estimated my bill: $8.50ish, plus a couple bucks for MY server.  I knew my timing would have to be perfect, so I waited… waited… and sprang into action with a quick question.

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