Are you doing your duty? #NelsonMandela #Quote #ServingOthers

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This past Sunday, in church, reverend Grobler spoke about our mission, missionary work and our calling. In the line of my work, I’ve often wondered about this. I’ve received my call to serve many years ago. Since that evening in the Krugersdorp Full Gospel Church, I’ve known that my life will always be one of service, I could just never understand how.

I’ve been searching for ways to purposely serve ever since. Now I am doing actual work, serving the communities around me and people as far afield as Uganda. The thing is, I realize now, I’ve always served in some way or another. Maybe not in specific poor and destitute areas, but I’ve served my family, my friends, my colleagues, by just being there and helping them when they need me. You do not need to ‘purposely serve’, serving must be a way of life.

Now I can hear you asking: “How can I live a life of service?”. That is easy, as the rev so aptly put it: “It is in the manual”. Said “manual” being the Holy Bible. I know many people in the world are not Christians, but that doesn’t mean you do not know the difference between living decent lives and living wasted lives. Serving is what God calls us to do and He does not only call the Christians, He calls the whole world. Someday, whether you believe in it or not, you will be judged for whatever you did on this earth.

Serving others is simply this: being compassionate and kind to all living things, to earth itself. Be considerate with your words and actions, do not judge others, not even if you feel you have a right to. Living every day consciously knowing that you are NOT better than anyone else, staying humble and accepting others for who they are.

Still wondering how you can serve and why? Let’s have a look in the ‘manual’, courtesy of www.openbible.com.

Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Philippians 2:1-11: “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …”

Galatians 5:13-14 : “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The thing is, and I know this is a cliche, we are all on earth for but a short while. So ask yourself: “What legacy will I leave behind?” Will you be proud to know your children and grandchildren are following in your footsteps, guided by your life’s example? When it’s all said and done, and you lie on your deathbed, will you wish you’ve lived differently? Will you be ashamed of you life? Did you do your duty?

Read more about serving others here.

Remember those #bottletops and #breadtags!! @wheelchair4love #SweetheartsFoundation #SouthAfrica

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Are you still collecting those bottletops and breadtags I asked about a while ago?

REMEMBER, it is for a good cause. You may think that your little collection of tops or tags doesn’t make any difference, but it SO does. Recently I picked up breadtags from a lady that has been collecting it for 13 years. What did she hand me? Not a huge box filled with tags, neither a black refuse bag, no, she gave me an ordinary shopping bag, half-filled filled tags. The point is NOT that you give us a truckload of tops and tags, the point is that you actually make an effort to  help at all. Every little bit counts.

And this is what your ‘little bit’ eventually did:

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If you have tags or tops ready for collection or if you need more info, please complete the contact form below and I will be in touch.

Visit the Sweethearts Foundation here.

#PutFoot: new shoes for the children of #SouthAfrica #Charity #NonProfitNews @brand_sa

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Having  heard from the many organizations I support over the years, one of the biggest issues is to get their young charges to school throughout the year. Education is, after all, paramount in securing a better future for these young ones.

One would think that shoes are not important, however, if you have to walk 7km to school and back, it does SO become an issue. Put Foot Foundation wants to change all this.

Look what they have to say: “The organisation believes that shoes are symbolic of pride and give confidence to young people so that they can walk to school in comfort and confidence.

In its mission statement, the organisation explains that “shoes are also a vital protection barrier between our children’s tiny soles and Africa’s rough and unforgiving terrain”. [07/2017]

Read the article and watch more videos taken during their recent ‘Put Foot Rally’ here.

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BRAND SOUTH AFRICA.  2017.  Put Foot is putting African children on the road to success with new shoes.