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.

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

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.






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  1. Wonderful advice.

    • Hi Martha, Thanks for your comment and yes, we always need a little reminder of our call to serve….no matter how small we might think it is!

  2. Good morning Patty! I love your message!
    I’m helping my parents as they are living the last chapter of their lives on earth, and I’m reaping the rewards!
    Joyful New Year !

    • Hi LaVonne,
      Great to hear from you. Yes, it is a privilege to assist people in their last years. Joe and I are hospice volunteers and think that everyone should go through the hospice training. In our training we learned that there are two miracles in life….birth and death.I’m so glad that you are reaping the rewards of being of service. Blessings to you


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