|Life’s rewards are proportional to the quantity and quality of our service. It is a law that cannot be violated. Earl Nightingale, a radio speaker and author who specialized in human character development, put it this way: “Never before in the history of the world have human beings been so interdependent. It’s as impossible to live without serving others as it would be to live as if others were not constantly serving us.” There is no way to get rich alone on a desert island. A pile of money on a plot of sand would be worthless to you. Who are you going to pay? What will you do with it? As we serve one another and become better at it, everything gets better, including ourselves. Getting good at serving is the key to getting more from life. So in order to become great, we need each other.
What I used to say was, “I serve, but my life stinks!” There were times when I would come into a service opportunity, and my effort would be half-baked; my leftovers. What if you have a bad attitude because you aren’t thanked enough for your service, or you make it all about yourself? With these dispositions, it would almost be better if you didn’t serve others at all.
Friend, service is more than just action; it is the attitude and spirit of compassion, love, and care that is at the heart of every act of service. Do you agree? As much as the action is the symbol, there’s also something deeper behind it. Whatever it is, whether it’s serving in your marriage, your friendship, the way you lead, or anything you are involved in, you realize with the help of the Holy Spirit that your attitude is one of the most important aspects of serving.