Spiritualpractice 35

Service is not to be confused with “do-goodism.” This is a form of self-righteous service in which we “help those people,” referring to those beneath us in need. Service is the outward discipline that emanates from a deep awareness of God at our Centre out of which emanates God’s love in this place and time. True service ministers simply and faithfully because there is a need. Of all the classical spiritual disciplines, service is the most conducive to the growth of humility, and humility is one of the key ways we “tame” our Egos in order to see ourselves as part of the much larger picture. The discipline of service is not about doing but about being: not about serving per se, but about becoming a servant. When you are a servant, you surrender the right to decide whom and when you will serve.