A few years ago, Rev Tom Sannar wrote: “Have you ever thought of service and volunteering as a step to spiritual freedom? Service is a method of spiritual growth much like prayer, meditation or devotion. Service is a devotional practice of unconditional love. To devote oneself or to give of oneself is to give back to the Universe. It is all about circulation, which means continual flow. You are the centre of distribution. You must give of what you have, talents, labour, effort, in order to keep the flow going. To hold back on these is to block the flow.”
Jesus said, “Give and it will be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, it will be poured back into your lap. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt back to you in return. What you sow you shall also reap.” (Luke 6:38)
“No one escapes the Law. Giving sets the Law of receiving into motion, and when you truly serve others by giving of your self, you will receive more than you ever dreamed. You will be enriched in ways you cannot conceive. In order to keep the flow going, realize that giving and receiving are the same. Next be open to all channels of service. Understand the concept that life is about circulation. Last but not least begin where you are.”
If all you can give is, to move chairs, then move chairs, if it is to wash dishes, then wash dishes. If all you can do is make people feel welcome, then be the best greeter there is.
Emerson said, “The only true gift is a portion of thyself.” Albert Schweitzer affirmed it by saying, “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”
When I have offered to help out, and have not felt like going or doing, but have gone and done anyway, it turns out to be the best day I have ever had. If I had not gone or done I would have missed out on a blessing. To give an ear to listen, to give a hug or to help with a simple task can mean so much to the receiver, even though you may think it is nothing at all. To be hugged by a grateful person for a small deed is more than worth the effort made to execute that deed. To have your soul lifted in gratitude because you are able to help in some small way is indeed a reward in it self. What better way to make your mark on the world than to make one small difference in somebody’s life.
“Ultimately, you must know that a by-product of the consciousness of true opulence is wealth at every level, spiritual, intellectual and material. Give of yourself, your time, your treasures and your talents and the floodgates of prosperity will open wide for you.”
As Mahatma Gandhi so eloquently stated, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Today I would implore you to ask Spirit to guide you toward an experience of the Wisdom, Love and Power that make a positive difference in the lives of everyone you meet. Ask that you will be given the words to say the right thing, the understanding to do the right thing and the compassion to reach out and be the right person, to be shown how you can help in your community and in your circle of friends.
Let us move into the consciousness of unconditional service, with joy in our hearts and a smile on our lips. I promise you the rewards you will receive will be well worth the effort and then some. Remember give and it will be given unto you. What you sow so shall you reap.
** Bold print is from the, Creative Thought booklet