Why serve? I ask myself this question often, as I think a lot about what I can do to help. Help my family, help my friends, help my neighbors, help my community...help this world. However, I often feel that I am not doing enough--and, I think that’s okay.
It’s believe it’s okay, because I have the desire to serve. Can I do more? I am sure I can. But, quantity doesn’t always equal quality. Ultimately, I strive for impact. If what I am doing to serve others makes a difference in one life, to me, it’s absolutely worth it. Our baptismal covenant charges us to respect the dignity of every human being. So, if we can do that by helping one human being, we are upholding our end of the deal.
As some of you know, I am running for public office-Westminster City Council. “Why?!” I often get asked. “Are you a little crazy?” Sometimes, I ask myself these things, too. Serving others is not easy. It takes time and energy away from loved ones, work, friends, and self. But, I don’t believe we have a choice - through Jesus’ example, we are called to serve, called to love. That is pretty clear. “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,...For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43, 45
I was pondering this question as to why serve the other night, as I was reading a book to my son at bedtime. And, this book summed it up pretty perfectly. Is There Really a Human Race, by Jamie Lee-Curtis, is a wonderful book about life’s purpose, encouraging kiddos to “make the world better for the whole human race”. Deep in the book lies a treasure of purpose that aligns with Jesus’ teaching in Mark 10 above. And, it answered my questions-I am hopeful, if you have these questions also, that it will answer yours. “So, take what’s inside you and make big, bold choices. And for those who can’t speak for themselves, use bold voices.” Why serve?