You are in a drive thru line at Starbucks one morning and your day did not start off well. You woke up on the "wrong side of the bed", clothes wrinkled, hair won't lay the way it needs to, and you are already 15 minutes late in leaving. Here is your order: Grande skinny latte, half soy milk half coconut, 2 shots of espresso, and 2 pumps of caramel (disclaimer: please do not try this drink, it does not exist). You pull up to the window getting ready to pay when the cashier tells you, "Your order has already been paid for." While you are thankful for the blessing, you now have a decision to make: do I keep my $6 for another day or do I continue the service that was given to me and pay for the person behind me?
Jesus, is the ultimate "Pay it forward" specialist. He took the burdens of all men and women upon Himself to set us free. When you look at the act of washing feet, this is the how a leader, a disciple of Christ, a believer in God should act when it comes to serving others. While He was the Messiah, He removed his title to show how a true person should act. He says, "if my Lord has washed your feet, you should do the same for each other." We are called to serve whom God has created. We are called to take care of each other. We are called to do, share, give, and serve the same way the Lord does for us. When was the last time you gave to someone out of the kindness of your heart? When was the last time you shared your time with someone who needed it? When was the last time you did something for someone that was done the exact same way for you and it blessed your life?
Prayer: God, I thank you for taking a moment to look past my faults and shortcomings and washing my feet. This act is more about you showing me how I need to be and not about what I am receiving. Teach me, guide me, and give me the opportunity to serve in a way that I get no credit but I can be a blessing to someone else. Amen