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The Measure of Greatness - Serving Others

How do you measure or define greatness?  When I read the news, listen to talk shows, or browse through other types of media, I see how the world defines greatness.  I would agree with Rick Warren’s observation that he made not too long ago:

      “The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position.  If you can demand service from others, you’ve         arrived.  In our me-first culture, acting like a servant is not a popular concept.” Rick Warren, Daily Hope, May 2014

So true, being the one serving hasn’t always been a popular choice.   However, in recent years, a growing or renewed interest in philanthropy and social justice issues has emerged.   Schools, corporations, small businesses, etc. are looking for ways to contribute to their communities and those in need.  The motivation to play a philanthropic role may differ for each organization or individual, but there is a great opportunity for the church to partner with these individuals.

We know that Jesus spoke of “greatness” when talking to his disciples:

     But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among       you must be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”               Mark 10:43-45

Pastors and ministry workers today are recognizing that what draws people to being part of a church community is the shared concern for those in need.  Offering opportunities for individuals to take action on social justice issues, feed the poor, and comfort the hurting gives a sense of purpose.  Many individuals today are searching for purpose and meaning.  One way they look for purpose is through helping others; feeling like they are making a difference.  What a wonderful opportunity for the church to provide opportunities for those in our community to serve.  More hands and feet mean we can do more.  While we work together, we can share the love we have for Christ and build relationships - Living the Love together.

As we serve and live the love, how can we bring others alongside us to serve?  Are there areas such as work and school that we can engage others to be part of what we do?  Who can you invite to serve alongside you?

Submitted by Katherine Richards, Director of Family Ministry, Peace Lutheran-Lombard

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