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When you help you use your own strength to help those of lesser strength…..When we help we may inadvertently take away from people more than we could ever give them, we may diminish their self-esteem, their sense of worth, integrity and wholeness.

But we don’t serve with our strength, we serve with ourselves..…Our limitations serve; even our wounds can serve the wholeness in others and the wholeness in life.

I am as served as the person I am serving. When I help I have a feeling of satisfaction. When I serve I have a feeling of gratitude.

We serve life not because it is broken but because it is holy.…..A server knows that they are being used and has a willingness to be used in the service of something greater, something essentially unknown.

Service serves us as well as others. That which uses us, strengthens us. Over time, fixing and helping is draining, depleting. Over time we burn out. Service is renewing.

When you help you see life as weak, when you fix you see life as broken. When you serve you see life as whole.

Excerpts from In the Service of Life by Rachel Naomi Ramen