It is the second Friday of 2014 and I’ve had a rough week as I have never struggled this much finding a topic to write about any other week. As I lay in bed this morning-half asleep, I ponder over this situation and to my surprise and relief a thought saying live to serve and serve to live encompassed my mind. I have been seeing a similar phrase on my friend’s pm on BBM long enough and as I write this, I dedicate this post to him because without him, I probably could not have thought of this as I endeavor to give a panoptic of these ideas.
In 2009, in my eleventh grade, I had a chance to go to Chengelo School’s outdoor activity centre; Ndubaluba.After having completed our challenges that week, the guides gave us attributes on paper that they had identified in us. One of my friends was said to be” servant hearted” and the picture of how this stirred great humor among us (his peers)is still vivid in my mind. I contemplated this attribute and in time, I realised that it was actually the greatest of ours all, much as we laughed about it. Now what I have realised in life is how most people are conceited, condescending and pompous. Gladly, there exists a humble few in whom greatness hides.
A servant is a creator. A master is not one without a servant he is therefore created by the servant. I would prefer to serve than to be served. Do not think of it in a way of a master being superior to the servant, but in a way of assisting anyone in any way. You see, with living to serve and serving to live, being a servant makes you a master. I mean you do not have to be a servant to serve. It brings complacency and joy when you know your efforts put someone in a better position.
One thing my Dad told me that I will live to remember is that “When you are always begging, you will become enslaved by the person you are begging from in the process”. What the old man was implying here is that you’ve got to work hard so you live to serve and not be served. This reminds me of Acts 20:35, “it is more blessed to give than to receive”. Here, giving is also serving. The fact of the matter is that it is not always that people will appreciate your service anyhow, but you will serve because it is only logical and humane. Like Kennedy said, do not look at what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. So service is a key to a nation’s development.
Living to serve and serving to live is not just a notion, it is a lifestyle. In 2014, make it a habit to serve others with love. Putting a smile on someone is priceless and comes with a blessing from above. Believe me this is the simplest way to build society. Forget about aid for once and give it to someone today.
Today, every day, always, live to remember and to spread the word; LIVE TO SERVE AND SERVE TO LIVE.