Gary Glassman, UCSA Celebration Host, Y.O.U. Sponsor, and Welcome Team Member
A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed an opportunity to speak to our community about the reasons that Sacred Service is important to me (kind of sounds like a talk about “What I Did on My Summer Vacation?” huh?) Afterward, our beloved Birdie approached me about putting my thoughts to pen (uh, word processor…) since my talk only put a few people to sleep. So, for you insomniacs whom I didn’t reach, here goes…
I appreciated being asked to give a talk about Sacred Service. I love Sacred Service. And, I love to talk. So, all that was left was to think about what I was going to say, which is useful when giving a talk. Frankly, the thoughts that first came to me were probably the kind of thoughts that might come to a lot of you. Thoughts like, “I do Sacred Service because it allows me to give back to my community.” And, “I do Sacred Service because it allows me to share my spiritual gifts.”
It wasn’t long before I began to hear the voice of the teacher from the Charlie Brown cartoon in my head (and, no, I don’t usually hear voices, thank you…) I realized that the reason I was hearing this voice was because what I had to say was boring – and wasn’t exactly the truth. I mean, those are valid reasons why I serve – just not the real reason I serve. I had no choice but to come clean in the eyes of the One (and the many sitting in front of me…)
My friends, the real reason I serve is that…I’m selfish.
Yup. There, I said it. It’s all about me. (Well, it’s a little about you, but mostly about me.) You see, I like the feeling that serving gives me. I liked the feeling of being a prayer chaplain, when my words seemed to bring some comfort to someone in need. I liked the feeling of working with my fellow board members when we were able to solve a thorny problem. And, I really like those moments in youth ministry in which I can say something to a 16-year old that she probably won’t remember in two days, but might remember in two years. Yes, those moments – which, as we’ve clearly established, are all about me.
But, what about you?
Yes, you (if you’re still awake…) If you’re not serving, you’re missing your chance to be selfish, like me. You see, being selfish is about, well, your self. So, what are you doing for your self – your spiritual self? Folks, I’m suggesting to you that you can be good to your self by serving others. That’s a pretty good deal, isn’t it? There are lots of opportunities for you here at UCSA – they require nothing other than a willing heart (and, of course, a bit of selfishness…).
Well, that’s really what I have to say. I hope that you found this useful. If so, please let me know. I think you know why…
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