Do I See a Person or a Function?

From Max Lucado’s Facing Your Giants, pages137 -138

“She couldn’t do anything right…

“And I started to grumble. Not out loud, but in my thoughts. What’s the matter with service these days? … I boarded the plane feeling cocky… I took my seat knowing the flight was safe, since heaven knows, I’m essential to the work of God.

“Then I asked for the soda, the pillow… She blew the assignments, and I growled. Do you see what I was doing? Placing myself higher than the airline attendant. … Her job was to serve, and my job was to be served.

“Don’t look at me like that. Haven’t you felt a bit superior to someone? A parking lot attendant. The clerk at the grocery store. The peanut-seller at the game. The employee at the coat check. You’ve done what I did. . .

‘When I looked at the airline attendant, I didn’t see a human being; I saw a necessary commodity…”

[Then the stewardess approached Max Lucado and asked if he was the Christian author. Tears began to form in her eyes. She explained that she had received divorce papers that morning. She asked if he would pray for her.]

“I did. But both God and I knew she was not the only one needing prayer…

“Perhaps you could use a prayer too?

“…Do you still see people? Or do you see only their functions? Do you see people who need you, or do you see people beneath you?

“… Pursue humility. Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself but that you think of yourself less.”

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