A String of Scribbles on Service

 

“Strive for excellence because we are serving the God of excellence.”

These words reverberated in my longing ears as I was seated one afternoon. A man was speaking in front. His name, Ed Villacorte.

I wrote in my notes: It’s freeing. It’s God’s.

I thought so…

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I seemed to have scribbled a lot of words – words I heard from him, words I heard from my thoughts, words I heard from the Lord in my heart… Words of truth. I believe.

So what I’m about to write are strings of words from wherever that I find so meaningful. And I don’t take authorship of which nor attribute it solely to Bro. Ed but to the collective intelligence that God has endowed on us human beings by Him… who He called to lead. And serve like Christ.

Such a high call. I concur.

Leadership is about surrendering to God’s will. It is about humility! Apparently, the strongest leader possesses the strongest humility.

How then can we become humble? To become humble is to become like Christ.

How then can we become like Christ? We are to understand the principles of servanthood. He said.

And he spells it out –

True servanthood is determined by what you have become not what you have done.

That is to lead like Christ. Wow! How difficult that can be? Perhaps. But we are called still…

After all, serving God is a matter of GRATITUDE not worthiness. Service is simply extending God’s goodness. It is not ours. It is His.

So he declares: True service is a joyful occasion to celebrate the goodness of the Lord. And praise defines the tongue of a servant who approaches the Lord of the service.

 

And he says –

Do not pursue any ambition aside from God’s. And it is explained: Pride creeps when motives are not aligned with God’s.

In serving, you are to seek God’s attention more than people’s admiration. What matters is what God says. Because every service or ministry or task or business or anything that you do is an opportunity to build ‘altars’ of God.

Therefore, you and I have to develop the right attitudes in the ministry and all the things that we do. And remember, humility is key.

In humility, we become servants of all.

And you’ve got to hear this: Humility is the door to all virtues.

How’s that? Let’s take a look at humility first.

At this point, we have to see and understand gratitude. Gratitude is an important element of humility. You have to remember that no one can become humble without being grateful. So is it right to say that gratefulness leads to humility? I think so. And it goes the other way, I guess, too: That with humility comes gratefulness. Like two elements looped into one.

 

How do we respond to this high call of service and leadership? He said: Surrender your interests to God so that you won’t worry about it.

He continued, “In the service of the Lord, our reputation has no worth.” I still don’t get it entirely but I think I get it.

I continued to listen:

“Always have the good of others in the heart.

A good heart put others first.”

Then he revealed a beautiful truth from the Letter of Paul to the Galatians (5:22-23) –

“But the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

The fruit is LOVE.

And we are all called to serve all.

A very high call, indeed! How can that be doable by a human like me?

For some reason, I wrote somewhere… which I heard from him: Faith is being sure of what you don’t see.

Oh yes! So have faith.

Remember, God is with you. Do it. And you will have joy! For joy marks the true servant of God.

He said somewhere: If we accept this truth, then as servants we become part of the goodness of God to others.

And yes, as always has been and as it is, the essence is love. And it belongs to Him.

You cannot own it.

Offer it!

Serve!

Love!

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

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Start Sharing Your Stories

Let me speak today to people of influence who usually present in stages and platforms of whatever form: Never discount the power of a story. It can be your story or other people’s story. Behind that story is a point, a lesson, a gem.

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In November 2013, something big was about to happen in my career as a writer. And I was talking to myself, “Am I ready to put this out? What will happen once it is published? Am I ready to make myself and my stories public?”

These were my questions as I was about to publish my very first book The Gift of the Ordinary.

As I received the final book cover design, I was so thrilled but also terrified. I told myself, “Putting this book out there will make me very vulnerable to critics and scrutiny – not only on how I write but also on how I live my life.”

I was so excited but also reluctant.

It took a while for me to fully encourage myself to publish it.

Finally, I told myself, “Alright. I’m ready. This book is going to come out in December.”

 

What moved me even more was when I received the testimonial from none other than the bestselling author and who I consider a great mentor – Bo Sanchez. He said, “Nothing beats simple stories and powerful lessons. Thanks Chris for unwrapping your gift to the world.”

As I read his message in my inbox, I got so excited that I started jumping up and down.

 

In December 2013, the book was published!

Once in a while, I would pick up the book and read it. Everytime I do so, I feel two things. First, I feel shy – because of some errors in grammar and semantics that we missed. But second, I also feel happy and fulfilled.

Readers say they were moved and inspired. Some even say they also want to write their book.

A nun said that she went back to her “ex” – which is writing. I realized that the book resonated not because of excellent use or rather the wrong usage of grammar but because of the simple stories shared. This moved me to keep telling my simple stories whether in my written or spoken message.

 

Stories are powerful. Stories are relatable. Stories can make your message more impactful.

This is why, in the books I write and the speeches I deliver, I share stories. Sometimes I use stories of other people, but mostly mine – from simple ones to seemingly grand ones, at least in my perspective.

Yes, I continue to use stories. And since I care about my message and my audience, I should care about conveying my message more effectively. That is with the use of stories.

 

Your Turn

How about you? Are you a teacher, preacher, priest, professor, or even a politician? Are you a leader and a communicator? Yes, you can have a wonderful content, a well-researched topic. But it is not enough to simply present the facts. Supporting stories would make it solid. Try it. It works! (In one of my seminars, we talk about using stories to solidify your speeches.)

You have wonderful lessons to share, you have messages that only you will be able to convey in your own way. The world needs your message. The world needs your story.

Share it!

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(Chris Dao-anis aims to empower his fellow young minds with practical instruction and inspiration in the fields of communication and personal leadership. He authored three books to date: The Gift of the Ordinary, 7 Keys to Achieve Your Aspirations, and Living Large in the Little Things. For talks, seminars and speech coaching, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com. You can order his latest book at a specially discounted price at www.chrispoweracademy.com/livinglarge. The Living Large book is also available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City and at Psalms Bookstore, Sunshine, Baguio City.)