I can say the basics in Spanish, but it annoys my son. He looked up how to say a phrase. No matter what I say to him in Spanish now, he replies “Mi umbrigo esta en fuego”, which I believe means his bellybutton is on fire.
Besides being able to say simple things, like “Do you want milk?” or “Where is the bathroom?” I remember the strangest phrases in Spanish, like “Que quervas, y yo sin frenos!”, which means “What curves, and me without breaks!” (I’m certainly not going to teach my 14-year-old son how to say it!)
But one Spanish phrase is my favorite. "En que puedo servirle?" It means, “How can I serve you?” It rolls off the tongue.
Over lunch today I read what Philip Yancey wrote about Dr. Paul Brand’s servant lifestyle, “The pattern I observed in Dr. Brand and his family reinforces a trend I have noted among various Christians I have interviewed for magazines. Not everyone fits the pattern, surely. But I have encountered it often enough that I can almost lump these interview subjects into two sets: Christian entertainers and Christian servants. The Christian entertainers…we fawn over them, reward them with extravagant contracts and fan mail. They have everything they want, usually, including luxurious lifestyles.” (Ten Fingers for God, by Dorothy Clarke Wilson)
I sat for a long time at the kitchen table after I read Yancey's observation. Which one am I? Entertainer or servant? An aspiring writer, I’ve spent a lot of time the last few months educating myself on how to build a readership online, how to write a book proposal, how to create a website... But after reading about Dr. Brand, I am forced to define what it is I'm trying to accomplish by writing. Do I seek to entertain or to serve people with my words?
Jesus says, "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." (Matthew 20:26)
I choose servant. Even as I say it out loud to myself I realize that perspective changes how I go about everything.
So I ask you, in all sincerity, En que puedo servirle? Would you leave a comment and tell me –in what areas of life do you most need a strengthening word?