Updated: Dec 13, 2020
How do you serve? In concluding his book, Think Like a Monk, Jay Shetty ends with this idea of a life of service. The highest fulfillment that we can get out of life is to serve others.
This parallels many things we can see, our leaders in our local communities, our faith leaders even lessons from the Bible. Jesus himself says the one who is the greatest among you will be the one who serves the most. There's another parable of a woman who gives out of her lack. It's explained that giving out of abundance is good, it's needed, but giving out of lack shows a depth of character. The one who gives even though they don't have much to give–they don't have any to give–the ones that give all even though it's less than those who are giving out of their abundance, those ones get the biggest reward.
How do you serve? How do you find how to serve? I've been blessed to be able to serve on many boards including our local United Way board; formerly in the last city I was in I served on the YMCA board; I served with young professionals; with downtown associations; Rotary clubs; and other service organizations.
Why do I continue to serve? One, I have a problem saying "no." But more realistically, I get something by giving. It's a little bit selfish. When you give you feel good about it. You get something in return. It adds meaning knowing that you are affecting the lives of someone else; maybe someone who couldn't make that change themselves.
As we go about our lives it's important to remember that we're here to serve others.
In our jobs, in our families, and in our communities, it's great if we can accomplish great things. However, people may not remember what you do but they'll remember how you made them feel. When we adopt a servant's, mindset when we adopt service-based life, people feel that. So I challenge you to do the same.
How can you serve?