Service To Our Children

20 Jun

{This post is part of a recurring series of thoughts about service to our children}

Martin Luther King, Jr., and Gandhi understood the deepest meaning of service and valued its capacity to change lives. The value they placed on service in their words and actions directly or indirectly impacted millions of people. When we have children, we have a chance to make a difference in at least one person’s life. Serving our children gives us an opportunity to practice this unique and powerful tool on a level that is significant, yet manageable. People who have truly happy memories of their experiences with their parents will be happier parents themselves and raise even happier kids.

Ian and Max posing when they were little.

In serving our children, we as parents must have faith in the value of the act itself. If we expect our kids to reward us for our acts of service, we may be wholeheartedly disappointed. Our kids will not recognize what we do as true service for a long time. We serve our kids because we love and respect them, value the unique opportunities of childhood, and place their needs above our own. The immediate reward we receive for our acts of service is the potential for greater self-knowledge and a deepened understanding of our place in the world and a better connection to the person in front of us. That’s pretty good, huh? I believe that learning the deeper meaning of service is paramount to living a rich and rewarding life.

To read more posts in this series, come back to read Valuing Service on June 27th.

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