“When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. See, I am standing beside this spring; if a maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,”
-Genesis 24:42-43 NIV
Twice in this verse Abraham’s servant says, “Please”. Once to God, once to a woman getting water from a spring. It’s believed that “please” was originally something those of low standing would say to those of greater standing. It was a way of saying, “You don’t owe this to me, but if it pleases you, do it for me.” Our current sermon series at Victory is titled “Love One Another”. We’re looking at simple ways we can show the love of God to others every day. We do so by noticing and acknowledging their existence, by praying for them, by really listening to them, and this week we’ll talk about showing love by saying “Please”, and “Thank you”. It may seem silly, but these small words can have a big impact on our relationships. If for no other reason than to remind us that we are to consider ourselves servants of others and are to put the needs of others above our own. We say “If you please” to show that we are not barking out an order, but humbly making a request. In so doing, we are modeling the attitude of the one who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. More on Sunday!