Category Archives: Service

Of Service: The Perfect Example

Ben

Some may be turned off that I talk about my faith so much in relation to my work. The reality is that my faith is the true essence of who I am, so I do it unashamed and am unapologetic about it.  My life of service is because I follow the greatest example that ever lived – Jesus Christ.

The Easter season always reminds me of the ultimate sacrifice that any man has ever given – the sacrifice of One’s own life to save others.  I love this season because I believe it is a time for new life to spring forth, for breakthrough and resurrection of God’s purpose in our lives.

One of the most common practices during this season – foot washing-  serves as a reminder to us as leader’s – whether believers or not – that in order to effectively lead, we must be good at serving.  We must always remember to not view ourselves as better than those we are leading.

We can glean an important lesson from the lesson taught by Jesus to His disciples when he said:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.”

How important that lesson is.  In the context of leading an organization or movement, we must always remember that the people we are serving must come first. Sometimes we get so caught up in the process that we lose sight of our mission, our purpose.  At the end of the day, we are called to serve, and our work must reflect that.

This past weekend, my brother-in-law and others from the Men’s Ministry visited the Albuquerque Rescue Mission to take part in their foot washing service. I was moved by his testimony about the experience.  In response to a conversation he had with a man he met that day who had lost his home that he, his wife and three children were living, this is what Ben said:

“He told me that when times get tough just speak to God and he will see you out.I thought to myself if a man in his situation has faith in God we should all have faith. Over these past few months I have asked God just to use me to help people. I know there is a calling on the purpose of my life.”

So this Easter season I ask my readers, what are you doing to serve in order to understand God’s purpose for your life?  Even if you are a non-Christian, what inspires you to serve day after day.  I’ve worked with people who amaze me, whose daily activities are full of Grace, yet they are devout atheists.  I see God in their work – even if they don’t acknowledge Him. Through their service, the purpose for their life is revealed.

The greatest example I can think of on how to live a purpose driven life is that displayed to us by Jesus.  If He understood that He must serve in order to be an effective leader and to fulfill the purpose for His life, then I know without a shadow of a doubt that I must serve as well.

Whether it be feet washing, stepping out the office to actually meet your organization’s clients or volunteering at a place that serves those less fortunate than you, I challenge you to step out this Spring to serve and to find your purpose.

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Quote of the Day: Service

“Serving someone today will be more rewarding and fulfilling than your endless pursuit of individual gain.” Pete Wilson

Quote of the Day

No secret to leadership, just lead. No secret to service, just serve.

Niecy Taylor

Sometimes You Must Lead in Order to Serve

A few days ago, Pastor Rick Warren made the following comment on Twitter that has had me thinking for the past few days.

“Everyone wants to be a leader.Few want to be a servant. God isn’t looking for servant leaders. He’s looking for servants.”

I didn’t retweet this post because I don’t agree with it. I did add it to my favorites as I pondered this idea of us being called to be servants, but yet I felt Pastor Warren was implying we weren’t called to be leaders.

In my opinion, leaders are born through service.  It has been my experience that anytime I agree to humbly serve, I seem to find myself in a leadership role or being viewed as a leader.  Perhaps it is my opinion and my experience that have me questioning Pastor Warren’s comment.

From a biblical standpoint, Jesus was the greatest example of a servant leader I can think of.  He humbly served to carry out His father’s will, but everywhere He went, people flocked to Him.  In fact, I believe He stood out so greatly because He was a leader who served.

I can only dream of a world where our leaders truly served.  If everyone who has committed their life to careers in public service actually approached their jobs as servant leaders, things like a basic human right to healthcare wouldn’t get stalled on the voting block.  Being a servant leader is an attribute that I admired about the then Senator Obama.  He seemed to be a natural born leader who understood the importance of service.

As we celebrate Black History Month, I can only thank God for the many servant leaders who led the way and fought for our civil rights.  I thank God that he called them to be servant leaders.

So to Pastor Warren I would say God is calling us to be servants and leaders.  He is calling us to be the salt of the earth and to serve everyone.  If we truly understand our purpose, we will know where He wants us to lead.

1 Month After the Quake

(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

Friday marked one month since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.  It was one month ago that many Haitians lost their lives, lost loved ones and left thousands homeless.

On January 12th, I remember feeling in my heart that I had to do something.  I automatically texted Yele to give a small donation to Yele Haiti.  I prayed and prayed for days for peace, for understanding, for trust in God for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  I followed blogs. I watched news coverage from dawn until dusk.

I am much more engaged in social change now than I was when Katrina devastated our brothers and sister living on the Gulf Coast, and as I watched the tremendous response and relief efforts to the disaster in Haiti, I couldn’t help but question how long it would last.

The power of the internet in connecting millions of people and making us all global citizens is a marvelous thing. I’ve followed as people have turned social media into tools of advocacy.  Just check out Shaun King’s twitter stream, and see the devotion he and others have put into organizing a mass campaign to get tents to Haiti before the rainy season begins.  Just yesterday I was introduced to a young Haitian artist, Saskya Sky, who won the “One Minute to Shine” contest on Black Planet and donated her $1,000 prize money to relief efforts in Haiti.  I can only have gratitude for everyone who is doing something, anything, to help in the relief and rebuilding efforts.

I was moved to write this post after a friend asked this question on Facebook:

Please tell me why no one is talking about Haiti anymore…as if all the problems over. The olympics should not be the only thing on the news………
I couldn’t escape her question because I have fallen guilty to the paradigm of resuming life as normal.  I think about our brothers and sisters in Haiti every day, I pray for them every day, but what have I done one month later to help? While many people’s lives will never be the same after January 12, 2010, many of us have resumed life as usual – including me. I can only pray the Lord forgives me.
My own desire to serve in Haiti has not subsided.  The organization I am planning to work with has decided to stagger their efforts throughout the region, and will not be coming to the southwest to do the necessary training until later this Spring. Their reasoning is they don’t want to send everyone at once and not have anyone else to send – as we all know Haiti will need sustained help.
I will continue to pray for my brothers and sisters in Haiti.  Although life for me and you does go on, I promise to carry their struggle in my heart so that in my own daily life, I don’t forget just how blessed I truly am. I feel a connectedness to the people of Haiti like I’ve never felt before. Thank you for your resilience.  Thank you to all the servants and relief workers in Haiti. Thank you to all the servants and activists here in the U.S. and thank you for the gut-check that we must not stop talking, we must not stop praying, we must not stop doing – because we are our brother’s and sister’s keepers.

A Servant’s Prayer

This prayer is taken from the daily devotional “Called to Conquer”. As I go out each day to increase my service to all of mankind, this is the perfect prayer to guide me.

Lord, I tremble every time I sense You calling my name. Speak, Lord, I am listening. If someone is hurting and You want to heal his pain, send me. If one person, family, village, or nation is struggling in darkness and You are ready to send light, use me. Only know from the beginning that I know I am weak and that You are strong. Speak to me, lead me, send me; but send me in Your strength. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Story of Inspiration: A 3 year old serves

Posted at: 02/01/2010 9:20 PM
By: Misa Maruyama, Eyewitness News 4; Taryn Bianchin, KOB.com

It’s a gift from the heart.
Three-year-old Mylyn Beakley told her mother she wanted to help people in Haiti after she saw children without limbs on television and jumped into action.

Her mother Heidi Beakley was shocked. “She just went flying into her room and pulled out her leg… which I was keeping for a keepsake.”

Her father is a soldier in Afghanistan and recently learned Mylyn wanted to give away the leg she had outgrown.

“(Mylyn) told him on the telephone and he was just in tears crying,” recalled Beakley.

On Monday, she and her mother went to Active Life Orthotics and Prosthetics to donate the limb so it could be shipped overseas.

The staff there considered the offering unique because a lot of children are undergoing amputations in Haiti, but there aren’t as many children donating little prosthetic limbs.

Mylyn was the first child to donate a prosthetic limb to Active Life.

If you want to help, you can drop off a donation at their office on Alvarado near Central, Monday through Friday, 8 to 5 p.m.

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s1395534.shtml?cat=504