Most days we can get bogged down in our own struggles, our own worries and our own tasks. Today, I challenge you to serve others by putting their needs above yours. It can be a loved one, co-worker, friend, ex or stranger.
Rick Rigsby once said that “ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity” and I firmly believe that. Ego is a sense of self-esteem or self importance. Notice the word “self” twice in that definition. You cannot have a huge ego and be thinking about others. You cannot be concerned with your self importance and have a serving heart. And if you are concerned with your ego, your stupidity will prevail.
Serving others is something I discuss with our children daily. Kids can be so self-absorbed these days, they forget there are others in need. We volunteer, we pray for giving hearts and we practice random acts of kindness. We do not do these for recognition, we simply do them to see the joy in others and build our character to realize what’s truly important.
I have always had a heart to serve others. In my teenage years, it disappeared with my own anger and resentment for certain things occurring in my life. During my terrible marriage, it was absent again when I was told daily I “had no heart”… I actually believed that for a while. I feel like it’s only in the past few years that I have been able to reach my full serving potential and see that no matter how someone treats me, I will do my best to serve them and I expect our girls to do the same. Some people will not understand – they may think you have an “agenda,” just love them through it. If someone doesn’t accept your grace, that’s on them – don’t let their behavior take away the joy of simple acts of kindness. They may never see your heart due to their hurt.
One of my favorite things to hear from my fiancé is “I love your heart.” He has a huge servant heart and I strive each day to be more like him. You are what you consistently do. Make it a habit to Serve and Love others. Maybe your children will catch you and grow up to do the same.