Washing Feet

I wanted to record a humbling incident that just occurred this morning…

An older Korean man from my Khmer class had mentioned that he was an electrician (We were learning the vocabulary for different occupations, and he said that he was a jiang plueng, or electrician). He is also a pastor and Bible scholar. I had asked if he was interested in doing some side jobs, since we were in need of a good electrician. This morning, he said that he could come over and look at our electrical problem. As I drove him from the university to our home, I learned that he knows Greek and Hebrew, and has translated the New Testament.  I further learned that he is proficient in six languages. I was starting to realize that he must be extremely intelligent…

After he diagnosed our problem, we drove him home. We offered to pay, but he refused any compensation. As we were driving away, Nate turned to me and said, “So, apparently, he’s not an electrician, but an ELECTRICAL engineer”. Oops! Nate had questioned him and had learned that  he attended a school that is equivalent to MIT, and two of his peers are the current Kia and Samsung owners. He ran a large company for many years, before He felt called to leave the business world and become a pastor. He is here in Cambodia to start a university and seminary.

Wow. What an act of humility. This man is a genius. A scholar. An accomplished businessman. I mistakenly thought that he was a laborer and requested his services. Instead of correcting me,  he humbly offered his help and stooped “beneath himself” to fix our electrical problem…for free. It spoke volumes to me. So often we fail to humble ourselves and acquiesce to the needs of others…especially things that are inconvenient or “beneath” us. If only we (I!) would adopt the humility of Christ, and joyfully wash the feet, as dirty as they may be, of those around us.

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  • June 8, 2010 at 9:32 am
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    Thanks for the encouragement. What a powerful example for us! ~Lydia

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  • June 9, 2010 at 11:08 am
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    wow… indeed, what a wonderful example of humility – and a blessing that you now have another brother in Christ to fellowship with over there.

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  • June 10, 2010 at 11:53 am
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    After reading this story, I shared it with my husband and Mom and we were all so blessed by this gentleman’s true humility. Thanks for relaying how someone was faithful in his humble service ultimately for Christ but also for the blessing of others…you and all your readers. :)

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  • June 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm
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    As I read along, I took a deep breath and then forgot to breathe. There are no words to describe a man like that and his walk with Christ. He truly sees his walk with the Lord with the clear eyes of faith and not with worldly knowledge or looking to get his due. I finally remembered to breathe. It will be an honor to meet saints like that when we get to heaven. You were blessed to meet him first.

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  • June 19, 2010 at 7:37 am
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    What a beautiful story! I agree, too often pride pokes it’s head up and we puff ourselves up, always wanting people to know every “worthy” part of us.

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  • June 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm
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    This story brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for telling it. What an amazing example of Christ’s humility that we (I!) ought to imitate.

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  • June 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm
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    That is funny and really awesome! A blessing to be shown such humility!

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