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A Simple Path – To Serving Others

By on Apr 07, 2011


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

Mary Beth and I made another trek across Kansas last weekend. Andrew’s college baseball team was playing in Pratt, Kansas which is about one hour west of Wichita and four hours from our home.

Somewhere on US Route 400, I spotted an unusual gasoline station. A big red sign announced the station offered full-service. The sign told me, in so many words, that my gas would be pumped for me. Perhaps my windshield would be cleaned and my tire pressure checked, too – just like in the old days.

The full-service sign surprised me.

I have grown accustomed, maybe even numb, to either poor service or no service at all. Often I find myself bagging my own groceries because there‘s no one to do it. And I would prefer having my hemorrhoids flare up over calling my cable company’s customer care department.

It seems like apathy is pulling ahead of helpful service these days. The playing field feels uneven and with little hope that service can make a comeback.

But not at this gasoline station in rural Kansas. The owner must have made the decision that the need to serve, and to serve in a meaningful way, is greater than the need to rake in every last penny of profit.

What if we had this same attitude? What if we offered to serve more; really serve in ways that help others?

Sometimes the simple path to service begins with recognizing the need for it; and then choosing to respond – in a meaningful way.

Maybe if I became a better servant, the big red signs would no longer surprise me.

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.

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