So what is the one word that will help you get ahead in this world? What one word will give you the very best chance of having a successful life? What one word will allow you the best chance of finding contentment in your life? The one word answer is the same to all three of these questions. That one word is serve.
The very best way to get ahead in this life is to serve. This includes all areas of your life. Service is the key across the board. Let’s look at some examples.
If you are a business and are struggling, the best way to get more customers is to offer some sort of service to your customers. If this service is better and or more dependable than your customers, you will find that customers will return to you and they will become loyal to you. One customer, well taken care of, could be worth more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising. Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself.
If your life seems very empty and unfulling? Try making serving others a part of your life. The rewards will come back to you 10 fold. There is a joy and fulfillment that comes back to you that can’t really be explained if you have never done it. You will be overwhelmed with a great feeling of satisfaction that you are making a positive difference in the world and with that comes a level of contentment that can’t be matched by anything else.
Take mentoring for example. If you have learned things in your life, you have the opportunity to serve others by being a mentor to them. There is always going to be someone out there who could benefit greatly from what you already know and by mentoring a person like that, the reward to that person will be great, but the reward back to you will be even greater. I’m also sure that there are people who know things that you could learn from. You too might be able to benefit from being mentored by someone else. And so this great circle of learning and service perpetuates itself. None of this would be possible if people were not willing to serve others.
Ever wonder why dogs always seem so happy? You never really see them depressed unless they are sick. They are always happy to see you when you get home. Their favorite thing to do is to spend time with you. Do you think it is a coincidence that a dog lives its entire life in service and they spend the great majority of their lives happy? I don’t think so. I think this is a great living example for us that serving is directly related to having happiness in your life.
Jesus had a better grasp on this concept better than any of us could ever hope to. He spent his entire 33 years on this earth in service to others. He healed the sick and possessed. He even brought dead people back to life. He taught all who would listen to him. He mentored the 12 disciples. He washed feet. He served as the caterer on two different parties, providing the lunch at the lake. Jesus knew that the key to the whole thing was spending your life in service to others. He told us to do the same. He wants us to be able to experience this level of contentment while still here on earth. The question is, “Are we listening?”
Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness-great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.