Selfish or Service?
Who is it you show service towards? Maybe it's doing chores for your family, maybe it's serving people as part of a job, maybe it's performing service through acts of community service. Do we ever get tired of showing service, discouraged and possibly regretting these acts? Sometimes yes, but for the wrong reasons. Most of the time, regret from service comes from personal envy, being disappointed that we do not get something in return for these acts. Sometimes, people think little of our service, ignore us completely. I know for myself, I've had times at work where people even show anger for me helping them. However, if these things even come into our minds, we are taking service in the wrong light, setting our expectations too high and on the wrong outcome. What does it mean to serve as disciples?
Today's First Reading comes from:'Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brethren; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties. If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit, he knows nothing; he has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. There is great gain in godliness with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses' (1 Timothy 6:2-12).
In this reading, we learn that we must serve even those who hate us, who disregard our care. We must love them all the more. When we love those around us, we love the pleasures and desires of this world (such as money, praise), less. We become more like disciples and true healers and start fighting the good fight. We become less selfish and more selfless. God calls us to serve. There is hurt and sin in the world and everybody is effected in some way. We need to be aware that those around us can benefit from acts of love, and as people of faith, it is our duty. Take some time today to reflect, and ask God to call you to service, to help you be open-minded and open-hearted towards everyone, to be a serving disciple.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer for selflessness:
O Dearly beloved Word of God, teach me to be generous, to serve Thee as Thou dost deserve, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fretting at my wounds, to labor without seeking rest, to spend myself without looking for any reward other than that of knowing that I do Thy holy will. Amen.