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.
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 the 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?
We don’t have to sell all of our belongings to enter a convent. (Although this works for some). And we don’t have be a Marine to serve our country.
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, no 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.
But Mother Teresa offers some advice:
“Never worry about numbers, Help one person at a time and start with the person nearest you.” Saint Mother Teresa
Before you begin each day, before you ever open your eyes ask God these two questions: “Good morning, Lord, what grand and glorious adventure do you have planned for me today”? And “How may I serve?”
Put these questions out to there and God will answer them. Just watch, listen, and follow the lead.