Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” . . . “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matt. 16:16-18
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Matt. 16:23
This may come as a surprise to you, but most men seem to be allergic to cleaning a restroom. I’ve worked in more than one place where the men’s room would get so dirty the EPA was scared to enter, but still no one would think to clean it. You know, it wasn’t their job.
To complicate the situation, most men are completely inept at removing the empty toilet paper roll and replacing it with a fresh one (they just stack it on the empty roll) or figuring out how to get into the hand towel dispenser and fill it up (they just open the package and set it on the counter). These men can fly a plane, build a three-thousand square foot house on the weekend and rebuild a boat motor in their sleep, but the logistics of hanging a roll of toilet paper mystifies them.
Because I knew that it wasn’t anyone’s job to clean the men’s room at work, and that it’s sometimes gone three weeks before the manager had to tell someone to do it, I decided to take the initiative and clean it myself. As I was doing so, I remembered Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. Washing feet was a necessary but menial task that wasn’t assigned at the Last Supper. Since it was nobody’s job, the twelve disciples all sat around staring at one another, waiting for someone else to do the dirty work. Continue Reading