Spiritual T.I.P. for Today: Finding Joy in Service

 “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore

When we’re engaged in service to others purely for the sake of being of help and from our own love and good will, there is something that comes alive in us. Service fulfills us. Research indicates that those who consistently help other people experience less stress, enjoy higher levels of mental health, feel more connected to Spirit, and feel more gratitude.

This is some of what Ernest Holmes meant when he said, ” there is only one life, that life is God’s life, that life is perfect  and that life is my life now.”  This is a recognition of the Oneness of life that we all share.  Our wants, needs, and desires are all the same although we express or experience these in different ways.

“Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? “Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service. 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 don’t have to know about Plato or Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”― Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is not to say to become a doormat and let folks walk all over you.  There is a great difference between being of assistance and allowing others to use you for their convenience. We all need to establish our boundaries, and helping others should not violate the boundaries you have set for your own well-being. This is not self-love, it is self-sacrifice.

Being of service may call for a little sacrifice of your comfort zone, but not a sacrifice of yourself.  True service leaves you feeling glad that you did you did something good for someone else without any expectation of a reward. The reward  is an internal positive feeling that is good for your own personal well-being. Service itself provides us with a  “helpers-high”.  We feel better by being of service and the more we find instances to serve, the more we benefit by our sense of service to others.

So my question to you today is: “How or who can you serve today? When you see someone  or a situation in need of your assistance, will you stop and help or will just you pass by with a sigh of pity, leaving it for someone else to do? Your choice makes a difference to yourself and to your world.

“Being of service to others is an expression of Love.”  “Compassion is expressed in service to others.”

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore

 

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One Response to Spiritual T.I.P. for Today: Finding Joy in Service

  1. Revalyn Gold says:

    All of the great masters and avatars are/ were in service to humanity. Why not join them? It’s so easy to begin with a smile or nod to people you may pass on the street or in a market line or at the car wash. Open up with love and you will love your and humanity’s growth.

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