It’s Service Thursday again.
Today let’s talk about glamorous service – a topic a friend suggested we discuss.
You know what I’m talking about – the kind of service that takes you far away, to other places. Feeding orphans in third-world countries. Building schools. Joining the Peace Corps.
These things are wonderful ways to serve others. Such service is fulfilling and very self-rewarding, not to mention what the beneficiaries of such service get out of it.
Why am I talking about glamorous service?
Am I going to challenge you to book a trip to Kenya?
No. Not at all.
I bring it up because sometimes when we think we want to have an impact on the world, we think about doing something really big and important.
But, you know what?
You can do something big. You can do something important. You can even do it close to home and still make a very positive impact on the world.
You can even do something small and important. Small and simple service is – well – small and simple.
Stop and think for a moment. Who is in your neighborhood? Who lives across the street? Who works down the block? Who moved in around the corner from you? Who is a single mom that needs some down time?
Could they use your help?
Would they appreciate someone coming over to just say hello? Could you take some fresh-baked bread? How about a plate of store-bought cookies? While you’re there, could you maybe offer to help rake their leaves?
Could they use a hand with a broken fence? Would they appreciate an invitation to Sunday dinner with you and your family? How about just sending over your favorite dish for their Sunday dinner?
Can you find someone to serve this week who lives near you? Can you encourage your family or close friends to help you? Can you do it without making the served feel like they are a service project?
Is there a woman’s shelter or homeless shelter in your vicinity? Can you and your friends or family gather used clothing, books and kitchenware to donate?
Remember, service doesn’t need to be glamorous. In fact, when it is, it often draws attention to the one serving.
Can you serve without glamour?
Can you serve without fanfare?
Can you think of some other small and simple way to serve your neighbors?
I bet you can.
I know you can.
How do I know?
Because the people who read this are good people. You like taking care of each other. You know that you don’t need recognition or awards or fanfare to do something nice.
You just do it.
Because it’s the right thing to do.
And for that, I thank you – sincerely.
As always, please pass it on.