As part of upbringing, my mom used to say to me “whatever you do, do it as if you will never have a chance to do it again. Do it with love to the best of your ability not because someone is watching but because it is beautiful. Let the fulfilment you get after evaluating how well you have done it be your reward”. I never used to be that person as a young girl but as I grew up, I think those words took root in me so deep and you know what, my mom was right. It is so fulfilling.
From my mom still, I learnt the virtue of giving genuinely expecting nothing in return “do good and go your way”. People attribute giving to monetary value but in my years I have learnt that there is much more to giving than money, more valuable things actually. Time and service for instance, in my opinion, is the most valuable thing you can give because there is no way of getting it back. Offering time to be there for a friend, family, colleague, boss at work and anyone who may need your time is the greatest gift you can give. Giving without expecting anything in return
Money is important and very necessary for survival and material comfort; money is actually good. What saddens me is that it has also become the greatest evil. People can do anything and nothing for money; can do all sort of jobs for money and can fail to do it at all as long as the money demand is not met. Service has been compromised by greed.
In my view, we should work to our best at whatever level and the reward will ultimately be realized. Before asking “how much will I get for this?” let’s prove ourselves worth of even more than we could receive. Let us serve first with passion, commitment and integrity and surely every sort of reward will follow. If your mom, dad, siblings, partner, kids, employer does not see it, God is always seeing it and there is no reward greater than that from up above.
You never know how things turn out, It is actually not for you to know. All you need to do is play your part diligently and you will be up for a surprise, you will unknowingly be making steps to greatness. Do not limit your service to pre- defined roles and job descriptions but instead, surpass them. If you can serve, do it NOW. Martin Luther King. Jr once said “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Outsmart yourself in service, that’s my challenge to you