The Call to Serve

The Call to Serve

It’s not WHERE you live; it’s HOW you live.
It’s not WHAT you have; it’s HOW you use it.

We are all called to be of service, to serve one another. 

Throughout the ages, wise sages from all walks of life remind us of this important message of service. 

The Buddha relates: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things, which renew humanity.

John F. Kennedy reminded us that it’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

Jesus preached whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave. (Matthew 20:26-28)

Saint Mother Teresa warned that, “A life not lived for others is not a life.”

How do we answer this call to serve one another? 

The call to service begins as an everyday occurrence. It is woven into our daily activities. A smile to a passerby, a phone call, a remembrance, a reaching out, an inclusion of all in our circle of caring and love. 

This awareness of serving others can ripple into wider circles…getting involved in charitable work, volunteering, and offering one’s services without being asked, without invitation or payment. 

When we look around and see the many in need of our friends, families and communities, it may seem like we are swimming upstream, weighed down with a huge burden. It seems overwhelming.

But Mother Teresa offers some advice: 
“Never worry about numbers, Help one person at a time and start with the person nearest you.”

Remember: “A little kindness makes a world of difference”. Fred Rogers



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