(Wednesday, March 13th 2013) When the title of today’s post was given to me, I thought about what it really mean to serve. What is the real reason for me doing the things that I do? Why do you do the things that you do?
With your permission, for the second time in a row of these past few days, I will use Blogging as my example. It is not a full time job for me and kudos to those who do it and make a living from it. But I asked myself this serious question in the process of my meditation today – What is the real reason or purpose for me Blogging? Is is for fame? No, it’s not. I may be familiar, but certainly not famous. Is it so that others take notice of me on the world wide web? No, I would rather that my name and picture not be there. Unbelievably so, I am shy and love my privacy. Is it for self gratification? No, I don’t get an income or any other perks for that matter from it.
It is time consuming for one, especially that I have a full time job as a Manager and have little time left once I leave the office late in the evenings. I write my Blog with a passion though, it is part of my DNA to strive for quality and excellence. But at the same time, only adding to my fatigue from work, I critique my work to the point where I think that I am too hard on myself – the part of me striving for perfection in an imperfect world. How foolish of me to try to do that. And when I do, the thoughts would then occur, “girl, why don’t you just give up the Blogging and focus on yourself with other things that is not so demanding? You can do with more sleep. You won’t have to go to bed so late at nights or even get out of bed that early in the morning.”
Still the question must be answered, why do we do the things that we do?
The answer I believe can be found in this verse of scripture that I came across in my devotional earlier this morning that says, “For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13) It really caused me to pause for a moment and to do some serious introspection in my own life.
I also came across this quote from Albert Einstein who once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Absolutely right!
Clearly then, you and I have been called to serve, not just a routine of doing something or anything for that matter. But we have to make ourselves available to one another for service and to do it in love, joy and laughter in our spirit. We have been called to serve with a passion, or it is best that we not do it at all.
We have been called to serve one another in love in the Kingdom of God, to do it for the purpose of advancing it and to bring glory and honour to His name and not use what we do for an occasion to gratify ourselves. The call to services is a sacrifice. It is an occasion for the fruit of the Spirit of God to be made manifest in us and through us.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
My final thoughts:
Even at your breaking point, continue to serve others. You have a unique voice, let it be heard. You have a unique gift, use it for the glory of God, to empower and to transform the lives of others. You have a calling on your life. Make your election and calling sure by whatever you do and whatever you say. Leave the trail behind of a legacy that you would have established through your service. A generation awaits the mark you would leave behind, let it be out of genuine love for humanity and out of a heart that serve in love those with whom you come into contact with each day.
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Blessings as always Janelle. Your contribution is valued and much appreciated.
Thank you for this beautiful inspirational post. I believe it is a healthy thing for each one of us to carefully examine our motive for doing the things we do. It cannot be for selfish reasons nor can it just be for the sake of money. It must be out of a pure heart and from one who is willing to sacrifice him/herself.