Morning message: who do you serve?
Assuming you have reached the spiritual level where you realize that living a full and sacred life is all about service, relinquishing the egocentric self or at least placing it under the truest and deepest understanding of who you are, that you are a being with only temporary substance, which is pure light or love or spirit that emanates from the source, or a point of consciousness that has the capacity to feel, to love. That is, not to get lost in the illusion of your life, who you are and the drama of the outside world.
I hope I'm not assuming too much. I know it's generally foolish to assume anything. But if you're a reader of mine, you've probably reached this level of "enlightenment." Your life flows, you are living your dreams, you are shining, you attract wonderful people and things and events. You are in your power. You have found yourself, yet you continue to evolve. You have discovered that by serving others, you are serving yourself in the best possible way. You have a sense of humor, you are humble, you highly value personal integrity, and you are a master servent.
So the question for today is: is there a conflict between serving "God" or serving humanity? In my opinion, there is no difference. It is by serving humanity that one serves "God". For me, I don't like to think of "God", mainly because the concept is beyond my comprehension and personifying "God" seems limiting and anthropomorphic. So I prefer to think of "God" as everything there is and everything there isn't.
When I take the time to appreciate all that I have in my life, it is not appreciation towards some entity like "God." It's just appreciation and gratitude for the richness of existing. It is an awareness that everything is a gift. I realize I can never be thankful enough as the gift of life is so monumental and I would hate to take any of it for granted, which however, I do almost all the time. For example, the air I breathe every second and the ability to breathe, to see and feel, the food on my plate, the love that surrounds me, the infinite possibilities of awareness, the stars in the sky, etc., etc. . .
Like friction time wears away novelty. That is, over time we get used to everything. We are extremely adaptable., which has its positive and negative side. The down side is that after a while, we lose our sense of wonder, like the first time a child sees a horse. It seems that our awareness dims when we take things for granted.
We may have a wonderful partner who really loves us by attending and really caring for us. The worst thing is to take this for granted. This is a huge mistake and it happens all the time all over the world. If you look at how women who might be doing so much to support the family end up being taken for granted. This is tragic; to be constantly giving to someone who is not conscientious enough to appreciate the generousity of one's spirit. Of course, one gives without the need for reward. A gift is a gift. But without awareness, everything loses meaning.
However, in the end, I believe that all that is necessary is to serve love, perhaps love is all that exists, that we are love embodied. In this life we have the opportunity to explore love and how we can be loving in all situations, forms and with everyone. This is how we serve.