Think About This: “God has a plan for you (Jer. 29:11) and you will make it through this time of testing. Keep on believing and moving forward and you will see Him working out the details. God is never early or late, but His timing is always perfect.” – Tamara L. Chilver
It Is Your Job!!
Posted on June 29, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Freedom Fighters
Working in the food service industry for over 40 years, I’ve seen it all. The good, the great, the ugly, and the worst of people. I will admit that, at times, I have fallen into all 4 of the categories mentioned. Defiantly I’m not proud of some of those moments. And if I could turn back time, I would have to get on my knees and beg for forgiveness to those I hurt. There’s a pecking order in kitchens: head chef, sous chef, pastry chef, line cook, pantry chef, prep person, cooks’ helper, bakers’ helper, food runner, pot washer, then dishwasher. You get what I’m saying. In the early days, you would never, AND I MEAN NEVER, see the head chef ever wash dishes. It was below him, that’s what we have the grunts for, RIGHT? But somewhere along the years, those things changed. If you needed a certain pot fast, you’d wash it. When someone needed help in another area, you would jump in and lend a hand.
So, what does it take for us to reach out and do something that isn’t in our “job description”? Lets look into the worldly life of the most perfect person to ever walk the face of the earth, Jesus! Before He knew He would be taken the cross and die for the sins of every person that shall ever live, He took the time to wash some stinky, dirty, smelly feet! John 13:5 “next, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel tied around him.” Talk about servanthood! We recently watched the movie Jesus Revolution, which I highly recommend if you haven’t seen it yet, Kelsey Grammers part had to deal with old school parishioners. One of them complained about the younger people getting the carpet dirty. In the very next scene, he is at the door to the church washing everyone’s feet.
1 Peter 5:5 says, “Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Keswick has large events monthly, Hymn Sings, Girl Talk, and Men’s Fellowship Night. The kitchen is running around crazy afterwards to wash the 500 or so plates, bowls, and everything else that’s needed for the day. Once that meal is served, I’m basically done, but I try to hang out for the first wave of dishes that come back. One day, I stayed on the dishwasher ‘till we were almost done, not that I had too, I wanted too! 1Peter 2:21 says, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.” Some of the colony men where almost shocked that stayed that long to help.
I hope and pray that I will always have a servant’s heart. 1 Timothy 5:10 speaks of widows but this could be for all of us, “Well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.” Hopefully we will always make it our Job!!
Written by Robert Breault: Robert was blessed to work 8 years in the Keswick Raws kitchen and is now retired, well, almost. He’s a loving husband to Shirley, a wicked stepfather to Shirley’s three “Angels”/children, and a doting Pop-Pop to their two grandchildren, Charlotte and Max. But most important, he is a child of the one true King!
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” – Hebrews 3:6