My church started a new Bible study last night. We’re going through The Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now? Last night’s lesson focused on how one can become happy and arrive at a sense of purpose by serving others. It looked at John 13, where Jesus washes his disciples’ feet.
Does serving others make the person serving happy? It can, I
suppose. I know that focusing on myself and my own wants and needs does
not make me happy. Back when I was an undergraduate, I did a variety
of service jobs: working at a nursing home, tutoring, etc. Those were
happy times. It was important for me to get outside of myself.
I am a bit doubtful, however, about whether service is always the
sure path to happiness that people think it is. If that were the case,
then servants and housewives would be the happiest people in the world!
Some are, but not all are. Service is still important, though, because
otherwise the world would be a colder place than it currently is. I
have to appreciate those who have helped me, whether they be Christians
or non-Christians. They inspire me to want to help others.
How can I serve? Well, I can say that I serve through blogging, and,
in a sense, I do. And yet, there is so much self-promotion and
self-centeredness that accompanies my blogging: me wanting attention, me
wanting people to admire me for being brilliant, me being upset when
they don’t. That does not mean that I will give it up, for it does help
me, and perhaps others. What I need is a different attitude about it.
Rather than being upset that someone visits my post just to look for
information, without then going on to click “like” or to follow my blog,
I can hope that the person found what he or she was looking for.
There are probably other things that I can do to serve. The challenge is to motivate myself to do it.
All of that said, I like this Bible study so far. It gets into
practical spirituality rather than controversial issues. I was quiet
last night at Bible study, for I wanted to hear what others had to say
about service and humility.