Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | December 2, 2014

A Servant Heart

“I want that!” says the child, pointing at a candy bar.

“No,” answers Mom.

“But I want it!” the child screams, now drawing the attention of other shoppers in the aisle.

“Well, just this one,” says Mom as she hands over the candy, “but you can’t have something every time we come to the store. Just remember that.”

Is that what the child will remember? Or will the child remember to scream until he gets his way next time too? Have you ever seen a child demand something from his or her parents? Have you ever watched a parent give in and allow the child to get what they want? Have you ever witnessed a child ordering a parent around and getting away with it? Of course you have! It’s not uncommon in our culture to see a child who runs the household.

Are we a culture led by childishness? By selfishness? Are we a culture led by taking rather than giving?

Even our Lord came to give. In Mark 10:45, we’re told, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Teaching our children about having a servant heart rather than a selfish one is another way of teaching them to be like Jesus.

 

 

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