Tuesday, September 21, 2010

my date with a servant







chase has a servant's heart. he is always the one who quietly serves without expecting anything in return...surely a rare find in grown men these days, much less little ones. the other day, we were at an adult friend's birthday party. everyone had gone through the food line inside and had found various seating on the large, back porch and had started eating. i had annslee in my arms and a plate of food for her in my hand as i walked out to the packed porch. i have to admit that there were grown men sitting comfortably in chairs, already eating dinner and kids scattered around digging into their hotdogs. as i walked through the door to the porch, i quickly surveyed the seating and knew i would have to find another place to sit and feed annslee. and not allowing one more second to pass, chase...with his servant's heart grabbed his plate, stood up and said, "here mommy...you can sit here." you can imagine the grown men's faces as they saw an example of godliness in this little boy. my heart leaped with pride and gratitude. we made a very big deal of chase and his servant's heart and he got to pick from the treasure box when we got home.

yesterday, when they came in from school, chase was sitting at the table eating his snack. he looked at me and said, "mommy? do you want to lay down on the couch and rest while i rub your back? i replied, "oh chase...that would be wonderful!" he said, "that would fill up your bucket. we all have a bucket and when people do nice things...it fills it up." i'm not sure where he got this...but i pray that there are people in his life, scattered strategically throughout his day who fill his bucket today. i also pray that i can learn from chase's expample and serve with a happy heart.

5 comments:

meredith said...

WOW! I have tears reading this!! I know where he got it from...a great mom & dad!! You guys are fostering such an amazing brood for Jesus!!

He is adorable!!

Amanda said...

I love that kid! God is going to do great things through him. :)

Shannon said...

Love the "fill up your bucket." They use that book in school with my boys, and it is really cool...there is a childrens' version and an adult book. Instead of using punishment, it is focusing on rewarding children for the important things...like giving mommy back rubs! and sharing...and defending the defenseless. Chase definitely does have that servant's heart. So beautiful.

Lindsey said...

he is so precious, mindy. love love love him. and you look gorgeous in those pictures btw! lots of love to you guys! :)

Amanda Kate said...

Cool kid. Can I have him in aboutttttt, 4 years? I want all my kids to have that heart for others, although the hard part is mirroring it for him to emulate. Looks like you're doing a great job.