Much has been said about the importance of helping out. But there’s an underlying question we have to ask ourselves:
To whom are we doing it for?
With a lot of individuals, causes, and organizations bringing about lots of work doing for other people, one cannot help but ask, what is the motivation behind it?
If it’s going to be for genuine service and authentic giving, then at all cost let everybody support it. Who does not want to support an institution or individual devoting its time to service?
However, there is one problematic thing hiding beneath the glory of service that we should all be careful about:
If you have seen an institution or an individual serving other people for Image, Public Relations, or Reputation then it’s not an act of service, it’s simply a deceptive act of selfishness.
The main difference between serving and being selfish is this: Serving is focused on the recipient. Selfishness is focused on the giver.
It all boils down to motive. It all boils down to the main reason for the action.
Have you asked yourself,
- Why am I doing this?
- To whom am I doing this for?
- Is it to help specific groups of people?
- Or is it to brand myself as a good person?
After you ask yourself, know that there is one word that can give an absolute answer to the motive. If the answer isn’t similar to this then it might fall towards selfishness. What’s the word?
So can we ask ourselves this: Am I doing what I’m doing in love?