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Toni had always loved animals. One day she discovered that there was a wonderful animal sanctuary not far from her, a place that took in animals no one else wanted. Toni started to volunteer there and found that it brought her great joy to help maintain this loving sanctuary.
Work, too, can be service. When you experience your work as helping people and you love doing it, it is service, whether you are a hairdresser, a teacher, a physician, an auto mechanic, a therapist, an attorney or a bus driver. While you get paid for your time, no one can pay you for love you put into it. Love is always a gift that comes through you.
In fact, anything you offer that expresses your love is service - your time, creativity, encouragement or a warm and caring smile to a hassled store clerk. Service is not only expressed in specific works but also in your intention in each and every moment. Have you ever smiled at a stranger or offered a compliment just because you noticed something in him or her that caught your eye? When was last time you said how much you appreciate someone? When your heart is open to others, service can be a way of life.
The practice of service does not have to be done only on an individual level. It is possible for whole families to participate in service projects. Rather than relaxing around house and watching TV together, you can participate in a local environmental or social project. Families who do service together generally maintain a higher level of values and unity than those who do not create time for such activities.
Each of us needs to find service that excites us, enlivens us and fills our heart with joy as we express God’s love through our actions. Giving for pure joy of giving feeds soul. We love God by loving children of God and serving them in any way we can. It is through service that we can truly grow spiritually. Through service, we are confronted with our issues and given opportunity to practice our lovingness and expand beyond what we think our limits are.
Margaret Paul, Ph.D. is the best-selling author and co-author of eight books, including "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?" and “Healing Your Aloneness.” She is the co-creator of the powerful Inner Bonding healing process. Learn Inner Bonding now! Visit her web site for a FREE Inner Bonding course: http://www.innerbonding.com or email her at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone Sessions Available.