Using The Service Elevator “Pay Forward” 11


Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is - Using The Service Elevator. Going all the way up in a very tall building [Spiritual Dwelling place], is a choice. The easier, softer way to get to the “Top Floor” is the Service Elevator. The stairs will get us there, but it will take a lot more time and energy. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others” Mahatma Gandhi. “Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication; it is really talking about the kind of love [service] that has no price tag on it” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions). Jesus said, “But who is the greatest among you, let him be your servant.” All genuine spiritual paths will get around to telling us to serve one another. A.A.’s gives us the tools to take us up the “Spiritual Summit” – spiritual awakening. If we want to stay awaken we need to share the gifts we have been so freely given. As we grow up spiritually our service is motivated in different ways. For me, service was like a duty, my sponsor told me I had to do my part if I wanted what they had, and I did. In other words my service was purely selfish. At some point, my giving of myself was motivated by the wisdom of enlightened self-interest. Giving of myself became a way of life. Service was not about me, it is about our Father’s purpose for me. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.

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