In the last part of the previous post we highlighted how being great is a direct correlation to the service that you provide to other people. Greatness is found in serving other people. Let’s just take a look at the world around us today. It doesn’t take much to realize that most of the problems we are facing have their roots in self-centeredness.
These problems can start in the family, in the marketplace or other area. Looking at a nation for example, the effects of selfishness are massive mostly on people of low economic standing. The world over most national leaders have their own interests at heart whereas they are supposed to put the needs of their followers ahead of theirs. It’s a case of seeking to be served – which is in contradiction with the Word of God.
There are many opportunities to develop a servant heart and eventually earn the right to lead other people. Examples include:
- Volunteer at your church in a ministry where you believe God can use you most effectively.
- If you’re in a relationship or married do something special for your partner to put a smile on their face.
- Attend an event/function where manpower would be required to ensure that the participants are comfortable
- Offer to help someone who could benefit from your gifts and talents e.g. in your profession, sports, academics, relationships, etc
- Spend time with the less fortunate to understand their needs and help
The above are just simple examples of service but there’s many opportunities. When I was in college I was part of an organization called, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Notice the part that says free J SIFE is a worldwide organization whose goal is to equip young people to be innovative in society and devise solutions that bring positive change in communities.
None of these projects are ever really based on being paid to do the work that you do. When I got involved I thought it was a really amazing opportunity for me to grow and become a better person. Apart from just being at varsity for the academics the skills and attitudes I acquired gave me an edge over the people that weren’t involved in such extra-curricular activities.
I was involved in a couple of business projects and because I worked with people from different backgrounds I learned a lot more about life than simply hanging around people from the same field as mine.
Essentially, when you focus on yourself and your needs it’s a lot like chasing the wind as you try to find happiness. The converse is true as well. There is more happiness in resting in the knowledge that your contribution to someone else’s life brought about a positive change. Take a leaf from Romans 12:2 which says,
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
So while the world encourages you to think about yourself make it a conscious decision to be of service to others. Take some time to think about the people you admire the most in life. Perhaps they have highly successful businesses, ministries, or other. You will find that they have a core foundation of service at heart.
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