When we want to help others, we often act immediately with our own ideas of what is best. With this mentality, however, it is very easy to lose sight of the fact that our actions, even if they make us feel good, may not make an impact. Or worse, they may make a negative impact upon the people we are attempting to serve. Therefore, I want to use this week’s post to remind myself, and you, of how important it is to think about the way in which we serve, our motives for serving, and the outcomes of service. I am by no means versed in this. I do, however, think it is important to get the conversation going. I have a network of people around me that discuss these things often, and as a result, we are learning to serve more like Christ, because we study and discuss how to serve through loving and mutual relationships like he did. Below are three resources that really framed this in my mind and showed me its importance. I recommend all three strongly.
Video Series: iOnPoverty
Book: The Civically Engaged Reader, edited by Adam Davis and Elizabeth Lynn
Book: Friendship at the Margins, by Christopher Heuertz and Christine Pohl