One of the beauties of traveling is that we learn a lot. As the saying goes, if we don’t learn from History, we are bound to repeat it. When it comes to travel and history, one important lesson is that nothing lasts forever. What was once the greatest city is now all ruins; what was once the most powerful city is now all ruins; what was once the mightiest city is now all ruins; what was once the richest city is now all ruins. Indeed, nothing lasts forever.
Hence in the Gospel, Jesus tells us not to aspire for worldly greatness. One day it will all go away. Instead, serve. Why? Three Reasons.
- Life is not all about me. Our life can all be about ourselves: my music, my house, my phone, my music. It is all about me. Yet when we serve we also realize that there are people around us and we get to learn their stories, as they learn ours.
- We need people. All of us have our own gifts. All of us are blessed differently. Hence, when we serve, we bless others, just as others bless others. We are all part of a puzzle and have our own distinct space and shape.
- Happiness. While the world tells us that it is money and material things that make us happy, we realize that those are fleeting and passing. On the other hand, when we serve, we bless other people. When we serve, we build relationships. This is the true source of happiness.
Let us be great, not in the eyes of the world, but in the eyes of the Lord.