"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Teddy Roosevelt
desire to be a servant to other people. I find joy in helping others,
pouring my time and my work into their lives. To me, nothing is better
than being a servant! That's simply the way God wired me.
Roosevelt's quote strikes a familiar chord in my life. He begins my
saying, "Do what you can". I often get too caught up in trying to do
everything for people that I forget that I simply can't do everything! I
am only one person, with certain qualities and characteristics that
make me able to serve others in a very specific way. For example, I
can't lift heavy furniture for a friend who is moving and recently hurt
their back (that's just a made-up scenario, by the way). I am physically
incapable of doing that, weighing as little as I do. However, I can
organize a group to go over and help the friend move. I can help unpack
boxes or move smaller ones elsewhere. There are other ways I can serve
without overexerting myself in the process or getting frustrated with
what I can't do.
Roosevelt then says, "with what you have."
I was made with an able body, two arms, two legs, good eye sight (with
contacts), and some pretty cool personality traits. God has fitted me to
serve others with the gifts He has blessed me with. I don't need to go
searching for something special, thinking I can't serve others if I
don't have (insert object here). I can help others by being me,
with everything that I have right now. I don't need to wait on anything
but can just get busy serving!
closes by saying, "where you are." This is important because it focuses
on the community aspect of service. I don't need to travel to a far away
land in order to give of myself. My focus should be on building up my
community, which includes my friends, family, neighbors, classmates,
church family, and, honestly, people I don't like, as well. If I had the
attitude that I can only serve when I'm away from people I know, what
good would that do in showing God's love and being His hands and feet?
We are called to live like Jesus wherever we are. He is the ultimate
server, and my desire is to look like Him. Therefore, I will serve
wherever life takes me.
Sometimes I forget that I can
serve in many different capacities, with the gifts God has given me,
right where I am today. My prayer is that as my life in Christ grows and
develops, I can learn to serve others like Jesus, to the glory of God.