FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT

Serve one another

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One of the greatest acts of generosity is serving others. Mother Teresa once said, "At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by 'I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.'"

If we truly want to be a light in our community, then we need to become servant leaders, seeking opportunities to serve others.

Let's focus on the importance of being generous with our time and talents as we serve others.

In Galatians 5:13, we read, "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." In this Scripture, we are encouraged to serve others with a spirit of humility and attitude of love. We can serve our family by helping our children with their homework, a school project or fixing them a meal. We help our spouses by doing that chore around the house that we know he or she hates doing. We can serve our communities by feeding the hungry, giving warm blankets to those in need or simply taking the time to listen when someone needs to talk.

I love being a part of a volunteer project where our military members join together to enhance our communities. Recently I had the honor of watching members of Team Shaw give back to the Sumter community. During this time, I watched as the importance of serving others was passed on from parents to children as the parents involved their children in this project. Parents and grandparents, one of the greatest lessons we can pass down to our children is the importance of serving others.

Today, may we all make a commitment to serve others with humility and love. May we also be wise enough to teach our children the importance of service.

Family Encouragement Corner is a weekly inspirational thought from Richard Holmes. Holmes serves as a chaplain at Shaw Air Force Base. The opinions expressed in this article do not express the views of Shaw Air Force Base or the United States Air Force. For more information regarding Family Encouragement Corner or to offer your suggestions or comments, please feel free to email familyencouragement2016@gmail.com.