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The Becoming of Serving

This Week+This Week // June 25, 2018 //

You can serve “wrong”. There is a difference between serving and helping, and if you don’t understand the difference or have the correct expectations about serving, you will miss what it’s all about. 

Serving is about becoming. The real goal of serving is about what it does inside you, in the least selfish way possible. Attributes like selflessness, faithfulness, patience, love, and understanding develop through serving. 

You can learn information and develop skills through school, classes or online courses, but you can’t truly become someone without serving. When you start to put others before yourself, something develops inside of you. 

So the question is: “what’s the difference between serving and helping?” The difference is the end goal. Helping is about what you are doing. When you help, you participate until the job finishes, or you get over it. When you serve, you often do so without realizing God is developing a specific characteristic within you. As a result, you desire to invest in others again…allowing the next characteristic to grow in your life. 

Serving is the act of becoming someone new. It’s not about being noticed, getting it over and done with or someone saying “thank you.” It’s all about putting others before yourself while changing from the inside out, becoming someone others can aspire to be.

You can serve “wrong”. There is a difference between serving and helping, and if you don’t understand the difference or have the correct expectations about serving, you will miss what it’s all about. 

Serving is about becoming. The real goal of serving is about what it does inside you, in the least selfish way possible. Attributes like selflessness, faithfulness, patience, love, and understanding develop through serving. 

You can learn information and develop skills through school, classes or online courses, but you can’t truly become someone without serving. When you start to put others before yourself, something develops inside of you. 

So the question is: “what’s the difference between serving and helping?” The difference is the end goal. Helping is about what you are doing. When you help, you participate until the job finishes, or you get over it. When you serve, you often do so without realizing God is developing a specific characteristic within you. As a result, you desire to invest in others again…allowing the next characteristic to grow in your life. 

Serving is the act of becoming someone new. It’s not about being noticed, getting it over and done with or someone saying “thank you.” It’s all about putting others before yourself while changing from the inside out, becoming someone others can aspire to be.

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