Sunday, May 22, 2011
Bread for the Journey
Am I a nurse or a hotel guest?
A few week ago we were challenged at church about our attitude in our life here on earth. The speaker asked us to evaluate whether our day to day attitude was of a hotel guest or a nurse at a hospital? This is a relevant challenge to me at this time because we have been traveling and staying in hotels and it's that time of year for my yearly check ups and procedures where I see nurses at work to make things comfortable for me and serve my needs.
A hotel guest wants everything provided for them. Clean room, fresh linens, fresh towels, the bed made and then they want the hotel to provide any other luxuries available. They are very disappointed when they don't get everything they expected.
A Nurse looks to the needs of others. A nurse provides what the patient needs. Sometimes the nurse has to change bed pans. A nurse does what the doctor orders.
I've been challenged to consider where my attitude is. Is my day to day attitude one of a demanding hotel guest or a resident nurse in this world?
John 13: 12-17 (ESV)
12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
from the kitchen of ellen b. at 4:00 AM