I was a Boy Scout as a young boy. I remember learning to tie knots, learning to make a safe campfire and cook on it, and how to work as a team. I recall getting merit badges for things like fishing, water conservation, soil conservation, and first aid. But, probably the most important thing I learned during my time as a scout was the value (and satisfaction) of serving others. I saw our leaders give tirelessly to serve the kids in our town. I learned that there were always individuals that need help doing things that they cannot do for themselves. I learned that a good leader was willing to set the example by serving others. In short, we were taught that a person of character, and a leader worth following, sought opportunities to serve others.
Those lessons have proven valuable my entire life. Putting the needs of others first demonstrates the kind of character that makes a positive impact in any situation. And, seeing a leader go above and beyond to serve others first makes me want even more to follow that leader.
Today, we look at three impactful quotes from great individuals whose lives back up their statements. Each of these individuals made an impact on those around them. Look at each of these quotes and see if they are true in your own experience:
- “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer
- “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” – Charles Hadden Spurgeon
- “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I can say in my own life that one of the things that brings me the most gratification is helping someone else. And, more often than not, when I seek to help someone else, it ends up helping me even more. I can’t count the number of times that working to serve someone else changed my negative attitude to a positive one!
I also think the Spurgeon quote is an important one for all of us. We spend our lives pursuing things, titles, career, investments, or accomplishments, yet, it is the impact we have on others that means the most. When I think of my Grandmother Henson, I don’t think of the things she had, but I think of the ten kids she raised, their love for her, and her dedication to them. I remember her propping herself on a crutch to cook dinner for guests when she really should have been allowing others to serve her. When I think of her, I think of her character.
So, how about you? Have you seen yet in your life the value of serving others? Are you doing it? As a leader, do you model service to others?
Have a fantastic day! I think there is still a chance that this could be our best day yet!