This is not a put down to teachers. My wife is a teacher. I value teachers. Yes, there is a but coming . . . But think back to your school days. What adult(s) do you remember from your schools? Many people remember the custodian or their bus drivers over their teachers. I fondly remember my janitor from middle school. I was close with my bus driver in high school even though I only road for a few stops each way. I loved the lunch ladies and there was a cook at college that I was very fond of.
Why is that? Why do we often remember the “servants” rather than the leaders. How can a janitor or a bus driver influence us more than the people who are paid to instruct us. Maybe it’s because they had time to joke with us. Maybe it’s because they were not stressed out trying to manage entire classrooms. Maybe they wanted to have fun with the kids as a break from their regular work.
I think it’s more than that. I think “servants” often have the big hearts. They take the time to be friends. Even though they are doing a “manual” job they enjoy people and they care. They aren’t afraid to clean up vomit or slop and they’re not to busy to stop and chat. They’re real and they are approachable.
What’s the point in this? It doesn’t matter what profession you do. You can always love and care for the people around you. If you are in a high position, don’t forget to reach out to those is lessor positions. If you are in a low position, don’t look down on yourself – you may be in the best position to minister to those around you. Scripture says it well:
New International Version (NIV)
10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.