Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased…
From Isaiah 42:1
S is for Service. As a child, I was always first to raise my hand when a teacher asked for a volunteer. At home, though I disliked my chores as much as any child, I happily volunteered when my mom requested help with the non-mandatory task at hand. This propensity to be helpful remains with me. The truth is that, of all of the joy I’ve experienced, the best of it has been the result of being helpful to others.
I’ve been spouse, parent, teacher, colleague, daughter to an elderly mom, sister to a dying sibling, listener for a troubled soul and an all-purpose church volunteer. I’ve rescued a wayward can of soup which rolled out of a fellow shopper’s bag and a twenty-dollar bill which fell out of another’s wallet. I’ve even put out a burning hair fire when a wedding guest stood too close to a lighted candle. I’m sure your list of every-day and life-time acts of kindness would fill this space in short order. Whenever we respond to those God has given us to love, we are of service to them in some way.
It seems to me that doing good for others is the shortest road to true happiness. Whether or not we’re thanked for our efforts, our good deeds fill us with joy. Our great and small acts of service make all of the difference, sometimes for a second and sometimes for a lifetime.
Thank you, Good and Gracious God, for giving us loving and caring hearts like your own.
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