Happy New Year 2019!
I hope you are already crushing it so far and that you haven’t lost the momentum to keep up with the goals for the year. I pray that you and your families are doing well and that you full of gratitude. I would love that for you!
As we begin the year, I feel guilty for not finishing the series we had last year and thought we should just end it well, so let’s delve into servant-hood.
As part of my goals last year, I wanted to exert myself more than the usual, and one of the things I did was attend a medical camp as a volunteer. Medical camps occur usually over weekends or holidays when one can afford a whole week and they are all about aiding the community with the free medical consultations and facilities that they usually don’t receive. All services and medication offered during the medical camps are free and so many people usually attend them and so volunteers are needed to control the crowds, show them the different areas and just the general smooth running of things here and there.
On this occasion, as the volunteers, we were to help out in all areas where necessary or required. Of course one could pick the station they wanted to work in, but still open to shuffling in other areas. In short, hakuna kubagua kazi, kazi ni kazi; more so now that we are dealing with ailing people. So, during the day I got to interact with many different people who were volunteering and I met one interesting fellow. While having the conversation he mentions, “Aki manze nimechoka kutumwatumwa, tangu asubuhi kwani kazi haiishi! I’ve literally set up everything in this hall and around and it’s like people are not appreciative of all I have done the whole day!!“
I just had one question to him, “Why did you come today?” Have you already forgotten your intention of volunteering? Were you forced to be here? Was it too much to ask of you? Looking back now, I wish I had just opened the bible for him and read Philippians 2:3-5, “Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
I may be here busy criticizing this guy for having said what he did, knowing that I also sometimes fall into that trap. I am not perfect, since it may look like I’m painting myself to be, but to understand that it is a daily struggle for each and every one of us. We have to constantly remember that mindset Christ set for us is the best way to go. Also don’t get me wrong that you should be always thinking of others interests and forget yourself, NO. Self-love is everything, just be mindful.