Posts tagged ‘serve’

May 11, 2010

What are you doing?

I was sent this in an email and it’s powerful.  Enjoy!

Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people.

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

 During my second month of college, our professor

gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

and had breezed through the questions until I read

the last one:

‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

‘Absolutely, ‘ said the professor. ‘In your careers,

you will meet many people.  All are significant. They

deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

is smile and say, ‘Hello.’

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her

name was Dorothy.

  2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African-American

woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway

trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had

broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her–generally

unheard of in those conflict filled 1960’s. The man

took her to safety, helped her get assistance and

put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry but wrote down his

address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a

knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a

large console color TV was delivered to his home. A

special note was attached.

It read:

‘Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway

the other night. The rain drenched not only my

clothes but also my spirits.  Then you came along.

Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside

just before he passed away…God

bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving



Mrs. Nat King Cole.

  3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those

who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,

a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and

sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in

front of him.

‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’ he asked.

‘Fifty cents,’ replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and

studied the coins in it.

‘Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?’ he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the

waitress was growing impatient.

‘Thirty-five cents,’ she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on

the table and walked away The boy finished the ice

cream, paid the cashier and left.  When the waitress

came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the

table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

were two nickels and five pennies..

You see,  he couldn’t  have the sundae, because he had

to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if

anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the

king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the

King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

anything about getting the stone out of the way..

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the

peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing

and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

a purse lying in the road where the boulder ha d

been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

from the King indicating that the gold was for the

person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The

peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

our condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a

hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who

was suffering from a rare & serious disease.  Her only

chance of recovery appeared to be a blood

transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

miraculously survived the same disease and had

developed the antibodies needed to combat the

illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her

little brother, and asked the little boy if he would

be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a

deep breath and saying, ‘Yes, I’ll do it if it will save

 her.’  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed

 next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing

 the color returning to her cheek. Then his face

 grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a

trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away’.

 Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the

doctor; he thought he was going to give his

sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Most importantly…’Work like you

don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been

hurt, and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.’

My faith demands I do

whatever I can,

wherever I am,

whenever I can,

for as long as I can,

with whatever I have

to try to make a difference.

Be Blessed.

December 22, 2008


There are many places around your city that need help right now.  I know were all caught up and busy right now, but I for one am going to go to the Star of Hope Mission tomorrow and help serve.  That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it.   Help and servanthood is what this season is about too, so go and help some homeless people in need, you will feel better about what you did and help people in the process too.

‘Tis the Season

January 10, 2008

emmaus continued

I have worked several Walks now in the Houston North  Emmaus Community.  I was actually on the 1st ‘new’ Walk for the newly arranged HNEC after the 4 communities in Houston separated into their own communities.  It’s been a true pleasure to work these walks since going on my original walk back in 2000.  I have also worked/served on many other walks as well as serving on teams for Chrysalis too.

I have always found that whatever you give to GOD in service to Him, that you get back 10 fold what you put in.  That is never more evident than it is when serving on an Emmaus Team.  What a joy it is to see pilgrims(1st timers) faces after they have just come back from candlelight or after they start understanding what the weekend is really about.  For this reason alone, it’s enough to make you come back and keep serving.  Another reason is, you remember what it was like for you on your first Walk and remember the people that served you and how they were so unselfishly giving of themselves.  How Awesome it is when we serve and give from our heart.

Being unselfish is such a foreign idea in today’s society and I think that’s what makes Emmaus so unique.  That there is an environment that fosters just this idea.  That it’s not about you, but about them.  It reminds of the book by Rick Warren “Purpose Driven Life”  In the book, the first line in it says “It’s not about YOU”  What a way to start off a book, huh?