You know, Lord, how I serve You With great emotional fervor in the limelight You know how eagerly I speak for You at a women’s club. You know how I shine when I promote a fellowship group. You know my genuine enthusiasm at a Bible study. But how would I react, I wonder, If You pointed to a basin of water And asked me to wash the calloused feet Of a bent and wrinkled old woman, Day after day, Month after month, In a room where nobody saw And nobody knew.
–Ruth Harms Calkin
I read this poem by Ruth Calkin over twenty years ago and it still strikes a chord with me whenever I see it. It reminds me that the point isn't what other people see or know. It is always about Jesus-- following him in the way he asks and shows me.