(Picture of Wayne Nelson)
I woke up this morning to discover the temperature outside was -12º F. After getting ready and having breakfast, I went out to my car. As one might expect on a day like this, my car battery was dead. It’s an old battery and just could not cut it in this cold. So, I had to default to our other car, which of course is the one sitting out in the open, in all of the cold and snow, and covered with a nice layer of ice. Thankfully, this car was able to start up. The ice was hard to get off of all the windows, so I decided to let the car warm up and make it easier. After about 30 minutes, I was able to see, and the car was finally drivable. At long last, I dragged into work, late and half frozen.
You never know what to expect on a day like this. As I pulled in, something very interesting caught my attention. Out in the brutal cold, bundled up from head to toe, was one of our members, Wayne Nelson, just about to finish removing all the snow from every sidewalk and area around the building. Despite the -12º weather outside, many businesses and schools being closed today (including Bear Valley), and almost no one here at the building, Wayne was still out there serving. This isn’t something he was paid or obligated to do in any way. He just did it (and is always doing things like this, I might add).
That speaks volumes about this man’s character. As Christ put it, “the greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11). I cannot think of a man who is more of a servant at heart than our very own Wayne Nelson. What a great man we have among us. If I had not pulled up when I did, it’s possible his hard work would have gone completely unnoticed though everyone would have enjoyed the benefits of his labor. It’s easy to make excuses, especially in this cold, but nothing stopped Wayne from serving today.
The question is, what stops us from serving? Is it the weather? Is it our ego? Is it that we just don’t want to? Is it from poor use of time? Is it something else? As Christ stated, “…whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28). If we want to be great in this life, then it will happen through service. Let’s look for opportunities to serve. We don’t have to get out in -12º weather to be a servant, but we certainly could. There are plenty of open doors all around us and we need to take advantage of these while we can.
Wayne Nelson truly is a servant at heart. This week, let’s also strive to be servants at heart and not let any excuse get in our way.