An internationally renowned social reformer was the guest of honor at a banquet to recognize his life of service. The ceremony was about to start, but the honoree had not come to the stage. So a frantic search began.
Where was he? Where? In the restroom picking up paper towels left on the floor by careless patrons. The great humanitarian had forgotten time, and he would not leave until all the towels were picked up. Do you see this man’s greatness? He demonstrated that people sure of their own value, find any task worthy of their best effort.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge, urging you to see that no task is beneath anyone’s dignity, and that every act demands our best, in the high calling of our daily work.
“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:8-11)