A LIFE OF SERVICE IS A LIFE WELL LIVED.
Now, not all of us can be in those top positions to be so known by all but one truth that can’t be denied is that in whatever corner of the world you dwell in, you are a person of influence by virtue of how you live.
Your smile, kind words, morality, friendliness goes a long way in affecting others just as much as your anger, hatred, hostility, enmity. Other people look up to you without you knowing and they aspire to be like you. What are those traits do you want them to pick from you?
Mother Theresa lived among the poorest of the poor and cared for them. As at when she started her congregation, I am pretty certain she didn’t call for any paparazzi to follow her around and film her every move of doing good.
From the slums in Calcutta, India, where she aided “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for”, she became well-known all over the world receiving several awards including the Noble Peace Prize in 1979 “in bringing help to suffering humanity”. Today she is recognized as one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century.
Our deeds go a long way in leaving lasting impressions on people. The greatest purpose in life, the greatest achievement one could ever have in life, the greatest satisfaction one could ever get in life can only be found in the service of others. Life is much more fun when you take part in something bigger than yourself.
It would be super sad if you come into this world and leave just like that without anything to show for it. Years and years after, the lives of these people of influence are still greatly celebrated not for what they did for themselves but for what they did for and in the world.
So I ask again, what is your purpose in life? How can the world benefit from your existence?
I say and you can quote me anywhere and anytime, “A life of service is a life well and greatly lived”. Never forget that.
You don’t need to own all the wealth in the world for you to influence others or make another happy. Smiling doesn’t cost a dime. Kind words don’t cost a dime. Being friendly doesn’t cost a dime. Mother Teresa did say, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”
Giving of yourself isn’t only by giving your financial resources. In fact, giving of yourself is actually giving of you and not the excess of what you have. People who give the best are those who give of themselves – their time, talents, words, knowledge. Your resources can deplete but you don’t deplete.
When we have enough, we are comfortable sharing but when there is insufficient, we find it safer to hide in the shadows of “lack” and then we do not see the need to share. But you never run out of your talents or smiles or a kind word to say. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give”.
The greatest things you could give are not what money can buy. They are those little deeds you do significantly supported by the amount of love you put in them. The only vacancy in heaven is the position of a SERVANT and the opening statement in the welcome address God is going to give us on the last day is “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matt 25:21).
We all are called to serve. There is a lot of good when you are of help to others; when you help to heal another person. It gives this joy and fulfilment that you cannot fathom. You feel elated and satisfied so much so that you can hear your heartbeat again in an unusual way.
And true to this Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give”.
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