Thoughts on Service, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


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.

We love that our country sets aside a day to honor the memory, legacy, and ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

AND we love that the way we honor this, is by declaring a National Day of Service.

The National Day of Service encourages American to volunteer in various areas like:

  • Health
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Faith
  • Economic Development
  • Community Resilience

And that is awesome!

It's a beautiful, noble, and empowering feeling to show up, put your shoulder to the wheel, and help advance a worthy cause.

At any public community endeavor.

But what about in our personal, private lives?

Can we experience that feeling of serving honorably right here?  Right where you are, reading this, in your own personal private life?

We say yes.

We have a chance to serve with family, with co-workers, with the mail man.

Volunteering for a large (or small) official organization is fantastic.  And opportunities abound.

  • Church
  • Rotary Club
  • Lions Club
  • PTA
  • AYSO
  • etc.

But imagine this:

Tired, stressed out, at your wits end, you're trying to get to that service event.  And so you're stewing as you just try to get through the traffic, get through the slow-moving line (and the cashier doesn't even bother looking up), get through working with the gross, incompetent sales guy.  And with your focus on that service event and making it happen, you just put up with your spouse, or kid, or co-worker.

It's like Jesus said:

If you [are] ...about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. - Matthew 5: 23

We have the opportunity and RESPONSIBILITY to serve right where we are.

You don't need to go out into public and 'make your offering.'

You can do it - and should do it - right where you are.

Who else has been given that responsibility - to serve the people in your life everyday - but you?

You have been placed there.

This is your post, at least for now.

Serve well and be blessed.

-Siena & Toast