Everybody is built differently–mentally, socially, emotionally, physically and with varying dispositions, likes, dislikes, skills and talents. Just as vocations suit various individuals according to their makeups, so do forms of service to others. One woman’s volunteer hours in a soup kitchen is another man’s kindness to strangers and another person’s writing a check to the needy, without including a return address. Some people build grand businesses that provide abundance and jobs, contribute to the economy and provide needed services and products. Others are great listeners and make everyone who crosses their path feel seen. Some provide inspiration, encouragement and joy through cooking, music, art, or the written/spoken word. Some make us laugh with their comedic bent. Others simply serve their friends and families. I’ve read something to the effect that, if it weren’t for the handful of yogis living in caves simply praying for peace, that this world would be a very dark place. In the end, one size does not fit all. You were gifted with your uniqueness and individual skills and talents to be used for the good of others. Be your best self, and you will serve whom you were assigned to serve.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace -1 Peter 4:10 ESV
The greatest service is to realize the essence, or the reality, of the other person. Everything else passes away, everything else is transitory. That recognition of the other as ‘God’, and as one with who you are, to see that – that is the greatest service you can give… it is the realization of who that person truly is beyond the form. -Eckhart Tolle
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love…I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. -Mother Teresa
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve -Mark 10:45 ESV