Maître d’



To be quite honest,

You are teaching me more about being a servant than I really wanted to know.

When I volunteered to serve, I had in mind a maître d’ position,
I wanted to greet people at the door with a Jesus-loves-you smile and
assure them that they would have a blessed experience.

I wanted to be the one who murmured  “Don’t thank me. It was all God,” when they expressed their gratitude for my service at the end of the evening.

To be quite honest

This is not what I had in mind when I said I wanted to serve You.

You poked me out of sight, behind swinging doors.

As your committed servant, You know that I don’t mind working hard for You in this sweltering chaos, but this – this hiding of my servant hood from others – is definitely not what I had in mind.

Couldn’t You at least fasten a brass plate to the kitchen door with my name on it and the words “Devoted Cook and Bottle Washer”?


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

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2 thoughts on “Maître d’

  1. Paula

    How did I miss this one??? The sprinkles of humor are the Martha I know and love. Martha, I think this is your best yet! So very true…isn’t this the way most of us view our willingness to serve? Then, we are surprised at the reality of our puny contributions! It truly is so very difficult to put self last.

  2. Arlene

    Did you write that with me in mind?? LOL:)
    Loved it! Praise God for the reminder to “be” and not always “doing”.

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