Virtue of the Week: Servitude

Heaven & Hell - Hell
Heaven & Hell - Heaven

A man spoke with the Lord about heaven and hell. The Lord said to the man “come, I will show you hell”.

They entered a room where a group of famished people sat around a huge pot of cooking stew. Everyone in the room was starving and desperate. Each person held a spoon that reached the pot but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arms that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible.

“Come now, I will show you heaven” the Lord said..

They entered another room identical to the first, the big pot of stew, the group of people and the same long-handled spoons. But here everyone was
happy and well nourished.

“I don’t understand” said the man.

“Why is everyone happy here and miserable in the other room? Everything is the same.”

“Here,” said the Lord “they have learned to serve each other.”

German proverb: “What I spent I had. What I saved I lost. What I gave I have.”

The way to be master is to be servant;
The way to get up is to get down;
The way to receive is to give;
The way to be rich is to be poor;
The way to be wise is to be a fool;
The way to be exalted is to abase yourself;
The way to live is to die.

It was Albert Einstein, outstanding scientist, who said: “It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service.” And it was E. Stanley Jones, a missionary who has dedicated his life to service, who said: “The man is not greatest who has the greatest number of servants, but the man is greatest who serves the greatest number of people.”