Who is more important in the scheme of things:  the servant or the one being served?  If there isn’t a servant then no one is served.  If there isn’t anyone to serve, the servant has no purpose.  Often, however, people that serve or want to serve others do so to also serve themselves.  Is it that mentality that causes the biggest abuses within the servant and served relationship.  With a greater perspective, one is pushed to say that the one being served is more important.  The servant must put others first.  However, servants must also be served.  The relationship is key.  That to me is the perspective I need to cultivate.  Only when the proper relationship is developed can we realise the fullness of that reality.

The greatest amoung you must be your servant.  (my paraphrase of Matthew 23:11)

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.—-Mohandas Gandhi

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.—-Billy Graham