To Serve or Be Served


Let’s be real. It is awesome to be at an all-inclusive resort, a 4 or 5 star hotel, or a top restaurant, and be catered to like you were royalty. People bending over backwards to make sure you are happy. No matter who you are and no matter the simplicity you have been able to create in your life, being pampered is a wonderful experience.

Jesus taught us, “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be the servant.” Can you and I bring that pampering experience and service mentality into our daily lives when interacting with others? Imagine a world where everyone desired to serve one another with the same vigor of those in a great hotel. Imagine politicians that truly sought to be servant. It would be a world with neighbors that always were concerned about the needs of those who lived around them.

We are called to this stewardship way of life because we truly are our brother and sister’s keeper. We have been given gifts by God to enrich the lives of those around us for His greater glory. If we seek to transform our world into the one we are imagining, we must begin somewhere. We must begin with ourselves. The world will be transformed, one servant at a time.

This entry was posted in Catholic, Christianity, Discipleship, Faith, generosity, Graciousness, Hospitality, Stewardship and tagged , , , , by Tracy Earl Welliver. Bookmark the permalink.

About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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