There’s a reason all good spirituality includes service to others. There’s a reason 12 step programs evolve into serving others. There’s a reason my Baptismal Covenant requires me to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.” Service to others is a key to being happy and spiritually fulfilled regardless of your circumstances.
Life has been hard the last two and a half years. There are days when I just don’t want to get out of bed. I’m tired of this renovation, and I’m tired of living out of boxes. I miss just spending time with my husband not because we’re too exhausted to do anything else but because we want to. I miss waking up to just a plain old day.
This renovation has been straight out of the movie The Money Pit. It has sucked our savings dry and sucked up every spare minute of our lives with no end in sight. We’re exhausted, and we’re frustrated. Every time we think the end is over the horizon, we uncover another mess that pushes out our goals another month… or two or three.
But then I spend a couple of hours volunteering at Coldest Nights for Women. I spend time with women who tonight will have a hot shower and a warm, safe place to sleep but have no idea where they’ll be sleeping tomorrow night… And they’re grateful. They’re happy to be together and safe if only for tonight.
Service gives you a little perspective. What would it say about me if I have so much more and am not grateful?
The truth is that the majority of the world is worse off than I am. Have I had hard times? Sure. But I’ve never had to live on the streets. I’ve never had to sell my child to ensure she eats. I’ve never been more than a day or two without food… Not even in the leanest of times as a single mother.
Service reminds us to be grateful not only for all the blessings of our lives but also for whose we are. One our worst days, we’re still God’s beloved children.
What are you grateful for today?