Wednesday, September 30, 2009

i like this photo..really random


Tanya James

Is it just me or does it seem like the art of servanthood has truly gotten a bad reputation lately? It just doesn't seem to be something people care about anymore. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind may be those who work in customer service and the attitudes some of them may carry.

However, I am talking about serving others outside the work place (although inside the work place is important as well). But when is the last time, you went out of your way to serve another person? By serving, I mean in the most simplistic way of helping or assisting another person.

Obviously it's important because the Bible is full of examples of people serving others. Jesus was constantly reaching out to help another person. So if we are called to follow His lead and lifestyle ... why have we allowed serving to fall by the way side?

Do we think being a servant is beneath us? Is it that there aren't enough accolades or praises given to those that serve? Or do we just not care enough to help someone else because we are too busy caught up in what we need for ourselves?

Perhaps you are one of the people that still believe in and take the time to serve others. Why are you serving?

It's important to continuously check your motive for serving. Are you serving to get something back in return? Are you serving, so you can brag about what you did later? Are you only serving because you feel you have to and not because you want to? If your motives for serving are not pure ... you really might as well not be serving at all.

Hopefully you are serving ... and hopefully you are serving out of the goodness of your heart ... but if not, it's never too late to start ... or to start over. Let's all make a conscious effort to find ways to be more Christ like and one of those ways would be to roll up our sleeves and look for opportunities to serve others. There is always someone that can use a little extra help or assistance ... just remember to keep a pure heart while serving.

Founder and president of The Master Plan, Tanya James