Yesterday, I sang with a small ensemble at the funeral of a sweet lady who passed away at the age of 91. I’ve sung at funerals before, and it is always such an honor to be asked. I would never refuse when asked, unless I had a prior commitment and wasn’t able to do it. I feel it’s the least I can do for a family in their time of grief. Having recently lost my own mother, I also know how important these details are to the bereaved. So I am humbled when I can serve in this way.
Indeed, service is really what this life is all about! When we find a way to help others, we find our way to love and live a blessed life. If you’re depressed, try getting out there and doing something for someone else. It works every time! When you take a meal to someone who’s sick, how do you feel afterwards? I’m guessing you feel pretty good.
My sweet husband is one of the best I know at this. When there was a group that was protesting a business nearby, he took bottles of water to them, even though he didn’t agree with the cause they represented. He will stop if he’s sees someone having car trouble. We have both undergone disaster relief training and stand at the ready to be deployed when there is another natural disaster.
Of course, I fall short in so many areas. There is always more to be done. The purpose for mentioning these things is to encourage you to make a difference in someone’s life. Often referred to as ‘random acts of kindness’, service isn’t a noun… it’s very much a verb! Try this today: reach out to someone and show them you care!
I care about YOU!
Some great quotes:
- “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found a way to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer
- “Good leaders must first become good servants” — Robert Greenleaf
- “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank
- “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington