A Heart of Service

by Madeleine Ogden

What comes to mind when I think about Service is one word… Empty. Empty so that I may be full.

When we serve it is so easy to become prideful, to serve for the sole purpose of being recognized for the good deeds we have done. As much as it is important to feel good about serving, it is way more important to remember WHO we are in service of. To bring Glory and Praise to our Lord and Saviour is the prime objective of being a missionary disciple (which we are all called to be).

Here are tips to follow:

1. Pray

I know I know we hear it all the time, but it is so IMPORTANT to pray. To seek guidance from God through the Holy Spirit is so helpful in making informed decisions.

2. Stop and check.

a. Is my service bringing God Glory? Or;

b. Am I using service to make myself greater than I ought to be?

It all comes back to that prime objective: to bring God alone the Glory.

If you answered “yes” to a. and “no” to b.; move to step 4. If you answered “no…” to a. and “yes…” to b.; move to step 3.

3. Ask for forgiveness.

We have been gifted an amazing Sacrament called Reconciliation, don’t be afraid to use it! When we fall short it is easy to forget that we have the opportunity to be forgiven, remember it is never too late to say sorry.

 

4. Serve

Enough said. To serve is a crucial step in this process and is integral to our Catholic faith; “…faith without works is dead,” James 2:20. There are so many opportunities for service in The Church, choose something that calls to you. AND;

5. Repeat

Never stop praying and seeking support in all that you do.

Heavenly Father,
Help us to always be in service of You. Grant us the humility to empty ourselves of all that is not of you, so that we may be able to serve you to the full.
Amen.

If you’re looking to serve in places other than your parish, which is the best place to start, try these initiatives:

  • Caritas Australia,
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society,
  • Catholic Mission Australia,
  • NET Ministries Australia,
  • YMT (Youth Mission Team) Australia
  • CYM Perth ;p

 

 

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