Welcome to Service Thursday
Do you want to feel good today? I don't mean, "I got my espresso and cinabun so it's gonna be a productive day" good. I'm talking about the kind of feeling that makes you feel as though you've made a difference. The kind of inner-peace that comes from knowing you have a real honest-to-goodness purpose in life.
I'm talking about the feeling that comes from serving someone else.
Today, September 18, 2008, marks the first Service Thursday.
It's a pretty simple concept, really - a "bite sized" idea if you will.
All I'm asking you to do is find one person, family or organization and do something nice for them today.
You can smile at someone who you can tell has just had it with life. You can be their shoulder to cry on; their sounding board.
You don't have to solve their problems (though you know you would if you could). Sometimes it just helps to have someone hear you out.
Be that person.
Or, you can stop and ask a "street person" if they would like lunch. You don't have to spend a lot of money, maybe five, six bucks. Get them a dollar burger and a soda. How about a sandwich? Maybe you can intersperse some encouraging words when you take their order. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover that in their history, you share something in common.
Be the one who makes their life just a little easier.
Or, after you load your own groceries in the car, you can hang around for a few minutes just to see if someone else has a load they're having a hard time with. Ask them if they would like help. They may say no. They may be suspicious of your motives. That's okay. Smile if your offer is declined. Move on and find someone else.
Be the person who at least offered to help.
You get the idea.
One of my very favorite quotes comes from an ancient wise leader named King Benjamin.
He said: "When you are in the service of your fellow being, you are only in the service of your God."
I take that to heart.
Service projects don't have to be weildly and time consuming. Sometimes, people just need to know they're not alone in the world. They need to know someone cares and is interested in their humanity.
Be that person.
And, remember, Service is the Action Form of Love!