148. What is the most important service I can do?

Doing something is better than not doing anything at all.

I don’t want to fall into the trap of “telescopic philanthropy,” where I am forgetting my duties at home and serving far away people to mainly feel good about myself.

I don’t want to be so focused on what is in front of me that I forget to reach out to those next door.

I want to do good in the world–and good in my home, and with my family, and with my friends and neighbors and community.

But sometimes I get worried about what I should do that I forget about what is in front of me. Opportunities often come my way and I feel too busy to say yes. My kids want attention and I forget to turn off my computer and spend time with them. I get caught up with reading and consuming that I forget to create.

There are a few things that I am planning for this year that I am really excited for: I’ve started a writing group. I’m going to finish my book, One Thing is Needful. I’m going to volunteer at the school some more. I want to spend more time with my kids, playing board games and teaching them piano. I’m coaching one of my son’s basketball team. I want to go next door to the woman that lives there and help her out regularly. I want to reach out to friends better.

There are people who need help, but the best place to start is the small moments, close to home.

One thought on “148. What is the most important service I can do?

  1. Small acts of service are so important and sometimes feel too easy. But it is the small and simple things that make all the difference in our lives.


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