Today is my Grandma Louise's birthday. She went home to be with the Lord in April of 2003. I have some pics of her that I should scan and upload but I don't have a scanner and I am not in the office today.
My Grandmother was a sweet lady. She probablly eptimizes to me more than anyone what it means to be a servant. Well apart from Christ.
I had the opportunity of speaking at her funeral. I remember the night before at the funeral home someone came up to me and said "Your grandmother was a good grandmother." I nodded my head but inside I wanted to say she was way more than that. So it inspired me to really speak on her greatness.
I chose Phil 2:1-11 as my text of how my grandmother was a someone who considered others more important than herself; looked out for the interest of others and lived a life like Christ as a humble servant. Jesus said the greatest among you is one who serves and that was my Grandmother. So to me she was more than just a good grandmother - she was the greatest among us and we didn't recoginize it.
I miss my Grandmother. I wish had more time with her. I wish my sons would have known her. Luke was 1 when she passed into glory. I wished I was more like her. I wished I cared less about myself and more about others around me. I wished my first thought was 'how can I serve'. I wished I recognized greatness not based on what the world (or the church for that matter) acknowledges.
I had an option of choosing several gifts for being on staff with Campus Crusade for 20 years. (Yes, I am that old.) I choose this one. It reminds me if Jesus as my Lord and Teacher washed feet then I am to go and do likewise and that blessing comes from doing it. It reminds me that Jesus came to serve. It reminds me of my Grandmother would easily fall to her knees and 'wash someone else's feet'. It makes me ask, "would I?".