The Stake Patriarch Strikes Again
I'm not sure whether I should be LIVID or ashamed of myself.
This morning as we were walking to the Metro we see our favorite ( and I mean that in the most SARCASTIC way possible) Stake Patriarch running towards us. Sheldon assumed he was late for the Metro and that is why he was running. WRONG. He was running to catch up with us.
He says, " Are we still friends?" and DH said, "Sure, of course we are." So Stake Patriarch (SP) says, "Friends enough that I could ask you to help us out again?" and DH ( thinking the SP is joking) says, "sure, but it depends on our schedules." SP says, " What? You would put your schedules more important than helping us?" And DH, starting to catch on says, " Well, yes." SP says, "We're going out town again and could sure use your help. We'll be gone about 11 days." DH says, "Well I guess it depends on when it is." SP says, " We have the plane tickets I'm not sure of the exact dates, but sometime during the 4th of July." Which, ironically is when I have been telling DH that we should go to Philadelphia for the 300th B-day of Ben Franklin.... So I mentioned that and SP made some silly remark which I didn't hear... actually I didn't hear much of the rest of the conversation because I was trying so hard to not start crying.....
I DON"T UNDERSTAND THIS MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The ONLY time he ever talks to us is when he wants us to do something for him. This is the THIRD time he has asked us to do his paper route. 4 days nearly sent me to the hospital for back pain. 11 days just might very well KILL me.
As LDS do we draw a line? What is the difference between serving with all your heart as the Savior did and then just plain getting used? Is there such a thing?
Recently a sister in our ward called me and asked me to help her come prepare for a 1 day trip. She has a 2 year old son. Her husband was working in the yard. But she called me and asked me to help her, "clean the house, make the child's food, pack, etc...." At first I could not believe that this woman would call me and ask me to do this. I went and helped her for an hour, and it really wasn't that bad. I ended up only cooking food and watching the 2 year old. But I have to admit I was a little ashamed at being so hesitant to serve. I read a book by some LDS author entitled "Love is a VERB" and the book talks about service and how we show love through our works. The author said, "Service is never at a convenient time for us, otherwise, would it really be service?" And I understand her point. But where do we draw the line? Or do we? Would Christ have drawn a line? I don't know.
But for now, I am researching Philadelphia. If anyone wants to come, you are more than welcome.