“Please Do Not Leave Specimens On The Counter”.
We have been to the lab a lot, lately.
Trey and I are now on a first name basis with those who draw blood and other substances for medical testing.
It’s a painful way to make new friends…
Now that I had seen it, I couldn’t stop laughing.
In a faux stern voice I held up the sign and instructed Trey to never, ever, ever, leave a cup of urine or any other bodily discharge on the counter, but wait to be helped.
When the worker came to check us in, I asked if that sign was really necessary.
Within seconds we had a whole staff telling us stories.
People leave all manner of specimens and then leave themselves…leaving behind anonymous specimens for the lab.
Sometimes they spill them.
Sometimes they throw them at the staff.
It was funny, but it wasn’t funny at all at the same time.
The consensus was that when you work in a job where you serve the public, you become less than human and the humans you’re serving believe they can abuse you at will.
You are their servant and servants can be used and abused.
(And everyone who has ever worked in retail said “amen”….)
There is a sickness in our souls that demands that we find people to feel superior to.
When we find them (and we all do) we reveal how sick we truly are.
It may come by just having a hint of an attitude, it may explode in outright abuse.
However it manifests, it is a denial of the faith and a lie about who we really are.
“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,”
(Matthew 20:26 ESV)
Our place is to be a servants to each other and to a world waiting to be served in love.
We are servants of the One who took the form of a servant to serve us.
The path to greatness is paved through serving others who want to use the road.
I’m not even mediocre yet…but I don’t leave my specimens on the counter.
At least not at the lab…
Make your own application…