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HOW AM I INSPIRED TO SERVE?
I am inspired to serve myself first with gratitude and compassion. I am a giver but was not sure how to give to myself if that makes sense hahah. So I am taking this time to serve myself better in order to best support and serve others. I am also inspired to serve being with animals and in nature. They remind me how simply life is and the beauties, humor, strength etc of the earth which I am allowed to then reflect to myself.
Using my brain haha. I feel if more humans were willing to actually reason things out the world would suck a whole lot less. Feelings are not facts and while valid and important to the person feeling … a feeling that Covid-19 is God testing humanity and thus the chosen will be safe from Covid-19 while Bill Gates is trying to murder humanity with vaccines is harmful and not effective use of reasoning.
I say all this as a devout Christian … that it’s been wild to see how many Christians are rejecting vaccines due to what really just sounds like their feelings instead of facts, data, knowledge and it’s crazy to me also just based off that whole love your neighbor thing. I feel sometimes frustrated with spiritual types as they sometimes rely too much on intuition and feelings without realizing, you also have a brain capable of reasoning and rationality. So I serve others by using my brain.
I just do it because it is there to be seen and done. Inspiration doesn’t come into it
By being inclusive, attentive and kind.
I feel better when i’m helping others. It takes my mind off of my own problems
Pondering the question, “Who serves who?” This gives me context, style and standards when I serve. The emphasis of the question to self is, “who?”
Just knowing that I will be a Unitarian Universalist minister fairly soon, Spirit-willing, inspires me to serve. Since I will be serving a congregation and a larger community, my work can be an opportunity to participate in the struggle for justice everywhere, including anti-racism work, environmental justice, economic equality, and other areas that intersect and overlap along with these. I hope that my actions will make the world a better place.
Seeing need and suffering are impetuses for me to serve. Also folks or agencies asking for assistance will inspire me to action.
Though I help where I can, I am truly inspired when I sense my gifts strongly support the ask.
I have also wondered why sometimes I am not moved to serve when I see pain or suffering or have been asked. What is the difference…discernment – or Spirit – or being self-serving or self-preservation? These are ideas that go through my mind but to which I have no good answer.
After retiring I needed to do something with my time. I gardened, got my new house in order, but still I needed some way to connect with others. I looked for book clubs, crafting groups, classes. But then COVID came and none of those were available for meeting people. For 18 long months I searched, prayed and longed to do something that would both engage me with others and use me to serve others. Finally one day I googled Meals on Wheels. I had done this before in another community and found it easy and meaningful. They are always in need of drivers. It can be done safely in the midst of this pandemic, while still helping others, making new friends, and getting me out of the house. I have found that for me God has to “work on me”, not bully me, or manipulate me, but allow me to come to the time and project for myself – when the time and purpose are right, I’m there with all my heart. It’s just something I finally know. This has happened time and again throughout my life. The journey is challenging, but the rewards are great.
Thanks so much for sharing this Katrina. “I have found that… God has to work on me, not bully me or manipulate me, but allow me to come to the time and project for myself – when the time and purpose are right, I’m there with all my heart. It’s just something I know”.
I so relate to this, even if / as the sifting, sorting, waiting and discerning can take a wee while, as God continues to work on me!
Best for a beautiful day! 🌞🙏🏻, KC
What inspires me and keeps me saying “Yes” to things is a sense of purpose and usefulness. Small tasks or large – I say Yes. Yes to life, Yes to people, Yes to when my hands can do something for another.
I think service is a way of being in the world. Every action, if done with care and generosity, feels like service-to others, to the planet, to the greater good, to oneself . . . Service and staying present feel inseparable.
I help bring people together because connection in all forms is the basis of my spirituality.
When I hear the calling or see the need, I serve. Whether it be someone who just needs a smile from another being, someone who needs help getting a task done or someone who needs a shoulder to cry on and/or an ear to listen. I used to have very particular ways of serving until I realized that part of my service was in part to distract me from my own life. I gave so much of myself. Hours and hours on top of a full time job. That was years ago when I was in a different chapter. When I found myself needing to change my life and move on, I saw that I had not been serving myself, that all of my giving kept me from facing my own truths. A very wise man I know who serves the community and his church once told me that if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take proper care of others. He was speaking of my ex, but I found later that was a message for me, too. I now take proper care of myself, and I serve as I am called to.
To continue the “wholeheartedness” of yesterday’s question……..I have Seven .Promises I make to myself each morning…
and Promise number one is……
“I promise to my SELF to serve at all times and all places Absolute Being-ness to whom I wholeheartedly belong.”
This approach is very important to me because just saying to others “I do this and this” doesn’t close the loop on the flow-action. No the temporary – present-day personality has to say to its home base, ( The SELF) “I am going to stay alert AND act through YOU …..the “I AM-ness …not just the clever temporary ego-ness.
I like it that you remind it to yourSELF every morning… 🙂 it is so easy to forget, I will try it
Ah but Dear Palm ,
it is “I promise” not “remind” the Self”. The Self (with a capital “S” ) doesn’t need reminding …. But the temporary personality sure does! The work continues every night before retiring ….a complete review of what the temp. personality did and sidn’t do ..to match the standards of the Permanent Self ( God Within ) is called up ( easy to do then because the temp personality is too tired to come up with excuses 🙂 ) and those behaviours will be top of the list the next day.
I get it, dear Ed 🙂 and yes, the work continues…
For forty years I have been in the process of discerning my vocation. It seems that, so far, I have only scratched the surface, there is a list.
To love. With obedience, accepting the tasks without complaint and in humility. To walk through my life with a sense of stewardship, not ownership. Thereby stepping out of a desire for acquisition and accumulation of material wealth beyond what is prudent to support a simple life. Visit the sick, feed the hungry, bind the wounded, free the prisoner, comfort those who mourn, in deeds and actions.
My training continues.
“Accepting tasks without complaint and in humility”…. Thank you for those words, Howie. Thank you for stating that “life position”…
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