Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “All of us cannot be famous, because all of us cannot be well known. But all of us can be great, because all of us can serve.” Serving people is part of our everyday life. As children, we are required at times to do chores at home. We may be asked to help our sibling with their homework or we may be asked to take notes in class for a friend because they are out sick. We learn to serve while we are young because more than likely our profession as an adult will be to provide some type of service to others. Those types of service are amazing and worth the time and effort to help.
What I would like you to think about is the type of service that you do on a daily basis that you are not asked to do, but you do it anyway. Many of you may be scratching your heads wondering, “What do I do to serve others every day that I am not asked to do?” Do you randomly pick up trash and put it in a trash can when you see it? Do you help someone pick up something they dropped? Do you say sorry, or excuse me, when you bump into other people? Do you tell your parents that you love them? Do you stand up for someone when someone else is gossiping about them? Do you tell others thank you when they have done something for you? These are just a few examples. If you can’t think of some of those things that you do every day to make it better for others, then it is time to start making a list of ways you can help those around you……HOW YOU CAN SERVE.
I love the quote by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” We are surrounded by people, on a daily basis, that for one reason or another are suffering through something difficult. Most of the time they are trying to battle it alone when all it would take is one person, just one person, to reach out and show some concern and offer help. In many cases this requires us to step out of our comfort zones, to be a leader. Mother Teresa said, “Don’t wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” We have to be the ones to take the first step. This may be difficult, but can become life changing for both the giver and the receiver of service. Now is not the time to sit around and do nothing. People need our help and if we don’t step up and help, there might not be another person that will. We have the opportunity to make life less difficult for those around us. So let us serve one another and encourage those around us to do the same. BE THAT PERSON THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.