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Where am I being called
to serve others?

In the ever-wise words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Is your heart full of grace; your soul generated by love? If so, where are they guiding you to serve others?

If not, would you like them to be? I am reminded of a post on the Ponder Board a few weeks ago. A kindred soul and fellow ponderer out there wrote, “I was reminded in 2018 that service to others is the best way to gain perspective about what is most important in life.” Perhaps the antidote to painful feelings, perhaps the truest path to experiencing what we want to feel this year is to focus less on ourselves and more on serving other people. Service as both act of loving-kindness and map to relocate it, if lost.

To close, more of Dr. King’s wisdom: We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.

Where are you being called to serve others in the fierce urgency of now?

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7 Ponderings
  • Anonymous

    January 20, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I feel most fulfilled when I serve, when I give my attention and my focus to someone who receives very little. Above all other lessons, words of wisdom, etc that I want my children to carry with them is that they have a heart to serve and the see the necessity of it to lead a joyful life.

  • Anonymous

    January 20, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    It feels overwhelming to answer this question. The need is too much, too many, too far. There are so many places I feel called. Where to first? and then this makes me think of Mother Theresa, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” And it all feels more attainable. To start somewhere familiar, serve what is closest first.

  • Anonymous

    January 21, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    anywhere my true passions meet a greater human need….for me, it’s poetry, teaching, relationships, art, beauty…we can be of service to others in all facets of our lives…the way we listen, the way we love, the way we look someone in the eye….all of life is service, nothing is exempt from the overflow of the heart, which is service at its core.

  • Anonymous

    January 21, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I cannot agree more. Serving is also called leadership. Great leaders are often the greatest servants. They are loving, kind and introspective people; they are respected by the vast majority.

  • Anonymous

    January 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    With school-aged kids at home (which means busy school schedules, homework, sports, music lessons, after school activities, etc.) it’s difficult to make time to do service projects on a large scale. While we’ve volunteered for Room in the Inn and have made lunches for families staying at Ronald McDonald House visiting their children at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, we’ve found that we can serve others on a smaller scale on a more regular basis. These opportunities have included making a meal calendar for a friend who’s had surgery and asking the kids to help make and deliver the meal; helping with the kids of a friend going through a divorce; taking flowers or sending a card to a friend going through a difficult time; keeping hand warmers and bottled water in the car and passing them out/buying The Contributor from a homeless person on a street corner; donating clothing and home goods to local charities; purchasing products from local nonprofits such as Thistle Farms; having the kids save 1/3 of their weekly allowance each week for end of year giving; supporting teachers at schools with new supplies or a token of appreciation. These are just a few of the ways I’ve found I can serve others (whom I know and don’t know) on a more regular basis.

  • Varina Willse

    January 21, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I love the idea of service as a way of being.

  • Anonymous

    January 22, 2019 at 11:44 am

    several years ago, I started to volunteer as a Wayfarer at our church. As an urban church, we have direct contact with the men and women who are experiencing what it means to live on the streets. Wayfarers simply minister to those people who come to the church looking for help on Sunday mornings. Because Sundays are the hardest day to find a free meal in Nashville, we often provide our visitors with a $5 McDonalds Gift card. Aside form providing a meal, I am called to provide an ear. I ask their names and give them mine. Then I ask them the same thing I ask someone at a networking event…”what is your story.” The majority of these fellow human beings are struggling with untreated addiction and/or mental illness. They are physically broken and bruised. Somehow they get up every day and figure out a way to go on. Listening to these people and sitting with them for a few minutes is a privilege. My hope is that when they leave me and head back out into the city, they feel seen, heard, and loved. That they are enough.