A student from Temasek Poly shared an encounter he had when he was doing a Hospitality and Tourism Management internship at Maldives. He saw what one of his Maldivian colleagues did.
This Maldivian food and beverage server noticed a mother was unable to have her meal properly because her little girl was sleeping on her lap.
So he went over and made a bed out of two chairs with cushions and towels and helped the mother put the sleeping child on the “bed.” Consequently, the little girl was able to sleep soundly and the mother was able to enjoy the rest of her meal.
He did it naturally, intuitively and not because he expected to be tipped or paid extra.
It seems such a mundane thing. But it matters.
Doing such mundane things for others requires no special talents. It takes no special skill to be able to wash feet. What it does take is a servant heart. It also takes an observant eye to see what needs to be done.
The reason most of us don’t see the opportunities for mundane services is that we are constantly thinking about ourselves instead of others.
We are so absorbed in our own personal wellbeing. We judge every situation, every circumstance and every person according to how it will better or worsen our personal wellbeing. When someone shares with us an earnest and desperate need, we think to ourselves – “You’ve got your problems and I’ve got mine.” So we withdraw into our selfish world, become unmoved and immune to the cry for help.
If we would come away from the orbits of “me, mine and myself,” then we need to cultivate the service of the mundane.
It is interesting to note that on the Day of Judgment, the things God would ask us would not be the spectacular or grand but rather the mundane that anyone can do.
God won’t ask what kind of car you drove. But He’ll ask how many people you drove, who needed transport.
God won’t ask the square footage of your house. But He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your wardrobe. But He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.
God won’t even ask about the soundness of your theology. But He’ll ask how many sick you have visited.
God won’t even ask how much Bible knowledge you have attained. But He’ll ask how many of those imprisoned in pain you have comforted.
God won’t even ask about the intensity of your spiritual devotion. But He’ll ask how many thirsty you have given a cup of water and how many hungry you have fed.
Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators, was once visiting Taiwan on one of his overseas trips. During the visit, he hiked up one of the mountain villages with a Taiwanese Pastor to meet with some of the Christians there.
The mountain trails were wet, slippery and muddy. Their shoes were stuck, soaked and caked in mud.
Later, someone asked this Taiwanese pastor what he remembered most about Dawson. Without hesitation, he replied, “He cleaned my shoes.”
The Taiwanese Pastor was surprised when he woke up the next morning to find Dawson had cleaned the mud off his shoes.
The act seems mundane. But it matters. It shows he cares. It left an impact.
The mundane matters!