This weekend I had some free time. Not really, but I wasn’t totally bogged down with a ridiculous “To Do” list. I left the laundry in the hamper, where I know it will still be when I get home. I left the kitchen and bathroom floors unscrubbed, and there will be a little more dirt there when I get home.
But much more important than laundry or floors or cobwebs, was going to see my parents.
My mom, who is 79, recently got a tablet. She still has a few questions about how to work it, like how to send an attachment on an email.
Her car, which had over 100,000 miles on it, had a window that stuck, blinker lights that didn’t work, and some other minor problems. While she doesn’t drive long distances anymore, and rarely at night, she is constantly helping others who need a ride to church or the doctor or wherever. So this week she got a new car and was a little frustrated with all the high-tech gadgets. She couldn’t figure out how to turn on the radio or set the channels. Her car has voice-activated everything, but she couldn’t make it work.
I went to help her with a few of these things.
Mostly I went to visit.
My mom is pretty amazing. Whenever I’m there, she treats me like a queen. I should be cooking her dinner and breakfast, but she plans something special for me to eat and even has choices. This morning I had my choice of grapefruit or fresh peaches and also choices about the bread for toast. She made rice pudding for dessert. She jumps up from the couch if she notices my water glass is empty.
All in all, my mom is one of the most loving and giving people I know. She embodies what Christ told His followers to do, serve others.
Matthew 20: 26-28
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
My mom doesn’t serve others to gain anything for herself. She is acting in love for everyone, just as Christ told us to do.
When I grow up, I want to be just like her.