Posts tagged Serve
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Ghandi
There is so much to be THANKFUL for and each day presents another chance to show appreciation, but nothing beats serving others and pouring into another person’s life. Over the past few weeks I have been afforded the opportunity to share my life’s story and testimony and prayerfully, a word or two that made a positive impact. It is one thing to speak before a crowd of people, but completely different to captivate their minds and hearts.
I am so THANKFUL for the blessing to be able to teach others, to give tools to combat anything that may plaque one’s spirit, and to share words that are life-changing and give a sense of peace and comfort. It is a responsibility I do not take lightly or take for granted and one that is as transformative for me as it is for anyone I may encounter. I am THANKFUL for being stretched beyond anything I imagined and above whatever I foresaw. I am THANKFUL that instead of running from my purpose, I am now embracing it and growing because of it. I am so THANKFUL that what I once thought was my path has blossomed into a garden I could not have planted on my own. Robert Louis Stevenson is quoted as saying, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant,” and I am eternally THANKFUL for being allowed to plant good seeds and good soil.
I am THANKFUL that who I am and what I do makes a difference in ways that transcend time and has a value that you cannot put a price on. I am THANKFUL for those that have poured into me and continue to walk alongside me during this journey. But above all, I am THANKFUL for the smiles of revelation, the tears of breakthrough, and a quiet peace that surpasses heartache, disappointment, misunderstanding, rejection, or any past disappointments. I am THANKFUL for discovery!
THANK YOU to BrotherWord’s Shining Stars in the picture below, many of which who will be graduating this month and continuing their education at colleges throughout the country. THANK YOU for trusting me and believing in me as much as I believe in you. THANK YOU to all who who tuned in, called in, and listened intently as we declared victory over our lives and remembered all that we have to be THANKFUL for despite what the world says. I am THANKFUL for being able to serve and I THANK YOU for giving me that chance.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nothing rings more true than the legacy we leave behind through the lives we touch. It is one thing to amass financial riches, to become successful in your profession, but it matters none if your life was only lived for you. None of us were placed here solely for ourselves and anyone who thinks so is only fooling themselves. Self-gratification and glorification is a self-fulfilling prophecy of a wasted, lonely, and miserable life.
Dr. King’s purpose continues to transcend time and clearly demonstrates how powerful one man’s love for humanity and people’s rights can affect change. Despite any hardships and threats against his or his family’s lives, King went as far as any one person can in serving others. He chose his path and never looked back. He found his calling in life and step-by-step, he forged forward through every imaginable obstacle to make a difference for all. If there is anything to learn from his life, it is that how we live our lives not only makes a difference and is how we will be remembered, but it can possibly be what gives the next person hope, saves their life, or provides them the drive to pursue their dreams. Our life is an example and spark plug for all those we encounter. You can either ignite their flame or blow it out.
Be persistent and consistent in your pursuit. This is the only life you have and you only get one shot. No one expects you to be perfect, to be without flaws, to not make mistakes, or never fall; but what they will be watching is how you get up, recover, and take responsibility for your actions. Be a person of integrity and let your moral compass lead you on the path of righteousness’ sake. If you only change one person’s life for the better you have done your job. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)
Today, I challenge everyone to follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirit and find a way to serve someone else. Not only are you changing their life, but you are also giving your life a greater meaning. Choose each day to be a catalyst – a catalyst of positivity, possibilities, and productivity. Use each day to serve those around you, pay it forward, and watch as your life’s work is solidified in the annals of time.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
The holiday season is one of the most joyous and cheerful times of year. Along with all the reveling, parties, caroling, and shopping, there are also many who suffer from loneliness and sadness. Faced with the overwhelming magnitude and pressure to be “merry” or happy, many sink deeper into depression and spiral further out of control. It’s a widely spread misconception that depression and suicide rates spike during the holiday season (see Does Depression Increase During Holidays?), but the reality is depression exists throughout the year and many are afflicted daily by its ailments. What is different is that during the holidays, it is harder to mask, the ability to cope is lessened, and the pressures become magnified.
Here are 5 tips to help cure the holiday blues:
On this Thankful Thursday, I’m especially THANKFUL for the men and women who proudly serve us all without hesitation. It takes a special person to willingly face the ills of the world and voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect and secure others’ freedom.
With the passing of 9/11 and the memories of destruction and despair still fresh, it is the images of all those that pushed caution aside and rushed into danger making every effort to save and help those that were trapped. We see so often how so many neglect their fellow-man and turn a blind eye when help is needed, but when you remember the aftermath of that day, you can’t help but be proud of the true essence of mankind and America. The Star-Spangled Banner’s opening epitomizes that essence – “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
We all should embrace this attitude and seek ways of serving our families, neighborhoods, and communities. What a greater world we could see if each person took a moment to help where the need arises. Remember the brave men abroad and stateside, whether locally or are in the armed forces who bravely sacrifice their lives to insure ours. Not only should we salute and applaud them, but we should thank them every chance we get for their tremendous service. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Though my work may be menial, though my contribution may be small, I can perform it with dignity and offer it with unselfishness. My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others…. The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” ~ George R.R. Martin
So much to be thankful for on this day and everyday. Today I am thankful for the continued blessings that pour into my life and the opportunities to share those blessings. To serve others and possibly help them on their journey in life is an honor and responsibility I hold in the highest regards and take tremendous pride in. My purpose is to live on purpose and to help you discover and activate your purpose so you too may live the life you’ve envisioned. Today, I am thankful for purpose and destiny. What are you thankful for? Take a moment to express the things that you are most thankful for. We all have a reason to say THANK YOU!