The last incident of interest that I remember happened one day as I was cleaning the shower. These people had a huge, elegant master bath with a separate shower and Jacuzzi tub. I would clean the walls and then on hands and knees scrub the floor, leaving it all squeaky clean. While I cleaned the shower, Doré cleaned the tub. The lady of the house walked in, took one look at me and started lecturing me about the proper way to clean the shower. She ended her speech saying that from now on I must remove my shoes before stepping into her shower. I nodded meekly.
I was never more shocked than when I heard Doré say, “Ooooh, that’s gross! I wouldn‘t want to get in someone else’s shower barefoot!” The lady was also very surprised. She just stood there for a second gaping, and then coming to her senses, relented and said, “Oh, very well, I can see how you might not want to do it that way!” That day when we got out of there, we high fived our way to the car!
After I graduated from college and moved on, my roommate kept cleaning the uppity couple’s house. Eventually, they came to adore her! She was such a good example of serving from the heart. When I am tempted to write off some unkind person and go on my merry way, I remember my friend, who instead of doing that, showed Christ’s love and served happily even when she was yelled at and looked down on. Her reward, I’m sure, is waiting in heaven!