With isolation restrictions lifting in several states, life is trying to be returned to a sense of normal. Most agree that it will never be as it once was. What this time has taught many of us is that we can take many things for granted. Enough milk and meat on the shelves and an endless supply of two-ply toilet paper will never be underappreciated again. Something else a lot of us have been made more aware of is our service workers. Those who have carried on through the past few weeks as if nothing is happening all around them are the ones to be thanked and recognized. Truck drivers, farmers and grocery workers are all a part of a group that in times past have been underappreciated. Another group is our healthcare workers. Today is National Nurses Day. These health care workers have always been on the front line of whatever health crisis comes our way. The evening news has done a great job of making sure these brave fighters are highlighted through the COVID-19 crisis. We are so thankful for their service and continued work!
Another group who has received some much deserved recognition through this crisis is our teachers! For the past 8 weeks parents, grandparents and neighbors have struggled to do what teachers refer to as a calling! In 1980, the first Tuesday in May was designated Teacher Appreciation Day. It didn’t take long to expand it to a week in 1985! CNN commented: “If there has ever been a time when appreciation for teachers is sky high, it is now. With the coronavirus pandemic closing schools, parents are now de facto homeschool teachers, discovering just how hard it is to teach.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/05/us/iyw-teacher-appreciation-day-quarantine-iyw-trnd/index.html
How do they continue to do it each and every day? How does a nurse go into his or her shift knowing that someone might die under their care? How much pressure must they be under? But they return, day after day. Teachers, why do they do what they do for such little pay? When the students return in the Fall there should be no need for fundraisers as each parent will gladly give what is needed! Why do they and so many other groups do it; because God created us to serve. Like nurses and teachers, you and I were made to serve others by a God who serves us! Remember in Matthew 20:28 when Jesus said that He “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Our God is a God who serves. We find this fact illustrated in nearly every chapter of the Bible. God invites us to follow His example by finding ways to put others first for His glory!
Today, as we honor our nurses, teachers and all service workers, what are you doing in service of those around you? You don’t have to have a job in the service industry to be of service. You might not realize the blessing you are giving and who might notice your efforts but God knows your heart. In Matthew 25 Jesus tell us that when we serve others we are actually serving Him. In verse 40 He says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” How will you honor the Lord today by serving someone around you?
And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of My name, since you belong to the Messiah, I assure you: He will never lose his reward. Mark 9:41
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