I realized some time ago that I am insignificant. I am small compared to what God has created. No, literally…I’m pretty petite. But I decided that no matter what I do or how I use my talents, it will mean nothing unless it is serving others in some way. It took me longer than I’m proud of to realize this, but it eventually hit me.
I love singing, acting, writing music…writing anything, really. But what is the point in me putting one word on paper or singing one line if it has no positive impact? I am human, I am flawed. Obviously, everything that comes out of my mouth will not always be the perfect words that God has for me. But-if I don’t strive for that, I am not fulfilling the purpose He created me for in the first place.
I currently work as an activity coordinator for people who have dementia and alzheimers disease. These people are still people. Unfortunately, they aren’t always treated as such. People think that because they suffer from memory loss, we shouldn’t waste time on giving them simple pleasures. I strongly disagree.
Proverbs 31:8 tells us to “speak up for the people who have no voice.” I have found such importance in that. We are all called to serve others. Not one of us has every ability. Not everyone can dance, cook, do cartwheels, play sports, speak, or even move at all. But we were created to live in balance. We can help each other by offering the gifts that we have.
The daughter of one of my residents asked me, “Why do you do this job?”
I gave it thought, and just answered honestly. I couldn’t lie and say that I always thought I’d be working with people who have dementia. But what I did tell her is that I love people and love helping people. And honestly, I would hope that someone would do the same for me or a member of my family. We are meant to help each other.
If you read my previous blog post, you understand how I feel about doing life alone. It isn’t possible. But how can we do life together if we don’t offer each other a helping hand?
Serving is not just about being a part of your church or being signed up for something. It is simply helping the people we encounter in our daily lives.
The definition of a servant is: “a person who performs duties for others.”
Serving will NOT always be fun or easy. But it is crucial that we do so.
If you take anything away from my rambling, remember how important it is that we put others first.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”