Monday, June 20, 2011

Serving Others

I know it seems a little one sided by the one picture,

however, I assure you Chris washed my feet as well.We made the choice to wash each others feet (albeit, we thought the water would be much warmer) because we felt it important to show that neither of us was more important than the other. We also got the idea from another wedding we saw on Youtube and loved the concept behind it.


We see a great example of this kind of servant's heart in John 13 when Jesus washes his disciples feet. He was demonstrating true love for them - he loved them enough to serve them and put them above himself. Even though Peter tried to argue with him that he should not wash his feet. And yet Jesus told Peter that if we did not wash his feet that he could not be with him. It was in those moments we realize how much Jesus loved his disciples and that as he washed and served his disciples that they were to serve others when he left them.


In today's world we are bombarded with the ideas that we have to take care of ourselves because no one else is going to do it for us. We constantly are told it's okay to be a little selfish, to put ourselves first and yet the Jesus speaks of how the least will be the greatest throughout his life and in the Bible.

I am sure there were some who didn't understand our choice. Especially, once I finished washing Chris' feet and he turned around and washed mine for me. And yet in those few moments we agreed that we would put each other ahead of ourselves. It took a while for us to get to that point too. We'd been married seven years when we renewed our wedding vows, but it seemed right. We'd come a long way from where we were when we first wed each other. The need to only look out for number one had died a slow agonizing death. It didn't happen from day one. It took time, nurturing and understanding that it wasn't about only me anymore before we came to a place where we could have a servant's heart for each other. And yet if you read Mark 10:43-45 you see, ". . .Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


What do you think are important things to know before you get married? If you are engaged, have you discussed money? Discipline for children? Religious beliefs? These are all important things to think about and talk about before you become engaged to another person. Are you dating a person you consider a possible mate or are you just dating for fun? Are you willing to put others ahead of yourself? Because honestly, that has to happen before you can possibly get married and make it work.



I hope you all have a good week.

Love in Christ,

Maureen

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