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Being Sensitive to Service

man supporting woman while giving hand
Be sensitive to service. Lend a helping hand.

This week, let’s talk about being sensitive to service. Are you? Serving, that is? There are enough people who are sensitive these days. lol. If you see a need, do you jump up to help out or do you just think that someone else will take care of the problem? –And are you ok with that? You are missing the blessing if you aren’t serving.

My favorite quote is from a motivational speaker named Zig Ziglar: “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want.” At first glance, this seems kind of shallow, that it’s all about getting what you want. But when you go a little deeper, it’s all about serving others and realizing that helping others is the key to a blessing. You then get what you want by helping others. Selfishness is replaced by selflessness.

Let’s Break It Down

“You can have everything you want in life..”.–And what do you really want? What do any of us really want? Isn’t it to feel loved, to be loved? Don’t we all want to feel like our lives mattered, that we had a purpose in this life? (Why are we here?)

“if you just help enough other people get what they want”. Notice it doesn’t say, to help them get what they ‘need’. No, help others get what they ‘want’. You have to go above meeting the basic needs of others. This is about being more than generous.

So we get some validation, some love when we show love to others, which comes by serving them. Love is an action and more than just a feeling. And when you help someone else get what they want or need, they are grateful. They want to do something nice for you to show you that gratitude. Sometimes a sincere thank you is all that is needed to feel the love they have for you. It doesn’t hurt to give to others but it can be a sacrifice. But “God blesses those who bless others”. Proverbs 11:25 That’s a promise.

Being sensitive to service and the needs of others helps you live life to the fullest.

Take Action

Do you volunteer in your church, your community or any group that does something good for others? You will be amazed at how good it makes you feel to help solve a problem or meet a need. It’s a real confidence and self-esteem builder.

Sometimes it’s just good to do things for others without expecting anything in return and to give of your time, your talent and your resources. We can become selfish and self-centered when we only consider the “what’s in it for me” mentality.

Want more information on volunteering? Check out this page at Helpguide.org.

As a church secretary, I’m a little biased, but start at your church. Reach out to the staff and pastor to see where there may be a need. You don’t have to wait for someone to ask for your help, get started today! And don’t just volunteer for anything. Tell them a little bit about some of the things you like to do. Try to match your interests and gifts to their needs.

Let’s be generous with our time, our talent and our money. Notice I said GENEROUS. Don’t just meet the need. Be sensitive to service. You will be blessed more than you can imagine. Just try it and see. Like all the other character traits, make it a habit. Schedule it in your planner/calendar for 21 days. Watch what the Lord will do.

God bless.–Barb