Footprints of Service
- Written by Joel
I was looking out across the Grow Hope Urban Youth Farm at all the volunteers that came out on the 19th for our MLK Day of Service project and how diligently everyone was working- from the youngest little girl clearing brush out of a field to our city's mayor digging a trench to drain growing beds. There were many people I knew and maybe just as many that I had never met, but there they all were, working away.
There was a group of students from Southern Adventist University working with us who were volunteering with the theme, "Leave Footprints of Service." I couldn't help but see the humor in all the mud on everyone's feet but most significant was the simple realization that they showed up. In this age of social media, which is a great tool for sharing information, there is the risk that far too many folks find fulfillment with the click of the mouse at the computer and rarely take action beyond that. You may see them on Facebook but may never have a face-to-face, shoulder-to-shoulder experience serving together.
Service begins with showing up. As I stood sipping some coffee and surveying all the activity of those who were paying tribute and honoring Dr. King with workgloves and muddy feet, from the kids with their parents to the students, the blue- collar and white-collar and even the mayor, the words of Dr. King crossed my mind- “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve."
Just show up. Leave footprints of service.