I remember one of my Sunday school teachers telling me the secret to happiness when I was in grade school when she wrote out the word “joy”. Next to the letters, she wrote: Jesus, Others, You.
Over the years I have seen people who adhere to that simple principle become some of the most content and joy filled people I know. That concept goes against everything our culture would tell us because to be truly happy we need more stuff and more people thinking we are a big deal, right?
I love the simplicity of Jesus’ words and the clarity of His actions. Not only did He ask us to serve others but He backed it up with His life. We read in Philippians 2 that Jesus chose not to use His equality with God to His own advantage, but made Himself nothing and took on the nature of a servant.
I heard a story about S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A. If you eat at one of their franchise restaurants, you will likely hear an associate respond with “my pleasure” when you say “thank you”. One day Mr. Cathy was at an airport heading to a convention where he was delivering an important speech. When he was at the baggage carousel, he noticed a young mom wrestling to secure her suitcase. Even though he was probably tired from the flight and had other things to do, Truett didn’t miss the opportunity to serve. He wrestled her bag off of the carousel and handed it to her. The young mom was very grateful for the help and said “Thank you”. Without skipping a beat, Truett responded, “My pleasure!”
So, however God has gifted you, why not use that for His glory and serve someone today? Just as Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve and give His life, we are most content when we follow His example and serve others, placing them first. I’m sure at the end of the day if someone says thank you, you will probably respond with “my pleasure”…because it was.