Dear Serving Readers,

How do you serve? Joyfully of grudgingly?

My parents came in town to watch the boys (Gabriel and Lucas) while I attended the Author 101 Conference in Los Angeles. They enjoyed their visit with the boys. I returned home only and felt the energy in the home. Everyone was getting along, having fun, and in their vibe. In fact, Gabriel mentioned, “I really don’t want grandpa and grandma to leave.”

Well I studied my mom. She relentlessly served with a joyful heart – cooking, cleaning, and decorating. She was constantly on her feet. And the boys would say “Can you please get me another glass of milk?” “Yes, grandma I will have seconds.” Or “I am ready for my ice-cream.” I was exhausted from watched the interaction. I corrected the boys to get their own milk, water, or sausage but my mom attended to their every need. She set them up with TV trays as they watched LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints Football. My mom shared, “They are three kings.” But what I saw was a QUEEN serving joyfully, effortlessly, and beautifully. I flashback and recalled how she did the same when I was a child. I encouraged, “Mom, sit down and eat. Your food is getting cold. Drink your red wine.” But she served again with no bitterness in her heart. My mom modeled something… To serve with joy, a pure heart, love and peace.

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” ~ William Arthur Ward

What are you learning?

Are you growing and changing?

How is your care… to yourself and to others?

Are you serving joyfully or grudgingly?

Are you daring greatly?

Are you befriending others? Or is that too much work?

Are you giving from a pure heart?

May you give with beauty. May you give of your presence. May you not think that you need to be somewhere else or doing something else. The time is now. The time is here.

Joyfully serving,