Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11, MSG
Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty. ~ Matthew 23:11-12, MSG.
Last week I blogged about a very important milestone in my life—becoming a published book author. Well, in the same week that my book Perfect Peace went live, I also celebrated the beginning of my 31st year as a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Back on February 25, 1984 I became a member of Kappa Delta Omega Chapter (a graduate chapter) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA). Here is a scan of my official AKA membership certificate:
February 2015, thus, was a very memorable month for me. I couldn’t have planned any of these milestones to have happened in February, if I had tried.
I should note here that only a few of my family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances know that I am an AKA soror (sister). That is because I no longer wear AKA apparel, nor do I wear AKA jewelry, or carry anything at all that has the AKA Greek letters on it. Nevertheless, I am indeed an AKA soror—a soror who has spent a good deal of her sisterhood trying to live up to the AKA credo: “To be supreme in service to all mankind.”
There is no doubt in my mind that it was because of my upcoming 31st year anniversary with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority that had me thinking on February 17th about today’s institutions, organizations, companies, centers, foundations, ministries, churches, groups, families—and so forth—whose guiding motto/mantra/slogan/credo is: “Service to Others.” In my musings, I had found it interesting that I am, and/or was, a member of several institutions, organizations, and so forth, that have adopted the “Service to Others” motto and/or credo.
Now for me, the “Service to Others” motto/credo is so much more than JUST a short statement or phrase that succinctly condenses the beliefs, truths and principles that guide me. For sure, the “Service to Others” motto and/or credo actually defines my perpetual attitude, which has echoes that ricochet off my Christian lifestyle and reverberate in every institution, organization, and etc., that I currently belong to—or used to be a member of, at one time or another.
Thinking about the meaning of the “Service to Others” motto/mantra/slogan/credo certainly is what led me to compose a Service Haiku. Please enjoy my following illustrated 2015 Service Haiku:
Also, I hope my blog readers have enjoyed my illustrated AKA Haiku, which is in this posting’s initial graphic.
God indeed has been very good to me in February 2015. He also is being good to me in March 2015. In fact, the first eight days of this month have witnessed additional milestones, which I will be celebrating. Those milestones will be addressed in my next blog posting.
Shalom . . . . .