4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
My thoughts on this topic really dovetail into our topic of service from yesterday. There have been situations in my life where I have needed others and would not have gotten through those trials without allowing others to serve me. It is not easy. In fact, I think it’s actually much harder to accept service than to serve. In this example from the life of our Savior, how eager and willing was Peter to serve the Savior always, but when the Savior tried to do this act of service for him it took Peter back and he struggled to allow it.
I believe it is hard for us to accept service because it requires a certain amount of vulnerability to admit we need someone else’s help. It makes us feel weak. And our human nature tends to be that when we look at others we compare their successes to our failures. We don’t recognize that we all struggle with similar things. Life would be so much easier if we leaned a little more on each other.
Over the last year I have felt a heavenly challenge to be more open with others about the things I am struggling with and to be quicker to ask for help rather than trying to bear all my perceived responsibilities myself. It has been eye opening to realize how difficult this is for me and how far from my natural way of doing things. I love this quote from Spencer W. Kimball: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom.” I have always loved that quote and it has always encouraged me to look for ways to help others. However, when it popped into my head this morning the thought that came with it was this… How often do we tie God’s hands when we are asking for our burdens to be lifted and our trials to be lightened, but don’t allow anyone else to know that we are struggling and need help?
When Life Gets Broken
The Servant Song
Our Call to Serve and Be Served
Soul Searching Question:
How can you be vulnerable enough to accept service from someone in your life?