How has the humble act of taking care of another person’s needs before your own made a difference in your life? Do you have any great stories of service you’d care to share? Kindly leave your comments below.
The greatest levels of contentment and self-satisfaction are experienced by those who have found a way to serve others. In addition to the true inner joy that's created by serving others, it's a universal principle that you cannot serve others without it coming back multiplied to yourself. The Bible tells us "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again".
Always, I encourage people (especially young people) to volunteer their time, skills and resources towards serving humanity; and to do it without necessarily expecting financial gains in return as money will never motivate anyone long enough to handle the swings of pursuing a cause. Passion and the desire to make a difference will. Please don't get me wrong. Money is important, but we must remember that our talents, positioned the right way, can be very valuable to people. If you're like me, money takes a backseat, while passion and impact takes the front seat because rarely do people get rich because they pursued riches. They get rich because they focused their life on helping people and changing the world they live in.
We will never enjoy life fully - the way God intended for us to live it - until we learn it's not about us. No matter what you do for a living, it’s good to remember that at the core of what you do is service. Your work may feel like it’s to produce a certain product on time or deliver a specific kind of service in a reliable way. But the truth is, your work is to serve the needs of others. It's one way to develop important success skills.
Think about the possibility that when you choose to do work that uplifts and serves, that brings people "increasingly beneficial" products and services, when your efforts are focused on giving rather than getting, then you are going to eventually receive back more than you have given. Someone rightly said "The world responds to givers more positively than to takers. We naturally want to support the givers. Simply put, givers get".
Serving others can also consist of focusing your company's mission on producing products and services that are beneficial to mankind. The huge monetary rewards that come from serving others are partially because of hard-work, but more importantly because of the deep desire to be of service, to give as much as possible to as many as possible through the diverse abilities of God at work in me. This is, in a way, a form of ministry, using one's talents to uplift, help and empower others. That's what I have done for the past 20+years and will continue to do so as my tangible contribution towards making the world better than I found it. This investment comes with a cost of energy, time, and resources. At the end of the day, leaders must make a difference. The world is changed because of their leadership. They are able to create real and lasting change through serving others for the right intents and purposes.
Let’s make this practical. How can you serve with grace at home, at work, at church, in the neighborhood or in your community? How can you steward your energy, time, roles, and resources for 360 degree blessing to your organization, church, fellow colleagues, employees, spouse, children, and the global village? How will your day change if in every situation you reflected on “how can I be a blessing”?
Remember that when you spend a lot of time serving with people who serve, you build up a network of generous, caring people who love to give and make a difference. When you know alot of people who are into service, you can get a lot done in the world.
With the Usual Esteem & Appreciation,
Christian Aligba is the Founder/President of C.A.L.F Africa, a non-profit organization that's keenly developing and recognizing the next generation of African leaders - helping to create a new narrative, a new normal, a new beginning. Better Leaders, Better Societies across Africa. Learn more@ www.calfafrica.org
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