This world has had its fair share of power-hungry dictators and rulers throughout history. Most of them will be forgotten. The people who are hard to forget are the ones who give their lives in service to others. Communities of people being the change they want to see in the world is usually done in stark contrast to the agendas of the powers that be who tend to set their focus on self-preservation. One of the wisest teachers who ever lived spoke of service to others as one of the greatest things we can do with our lives. Counterintuitively, “the greatest among you will be your servant.”

I know these things to be true deep within me. But if I am honest, I will tell you that I often fail at being a servant to those around me. This is much like how I know eating healthy and exercise is good for my body, and yet it is really easy for me to fall into patterns of poor eating habits and lethargy.

Service to others is difficult work, but I know it is the only thing that actually makes a positive difference in this world. I can think of no better response to a divisive election season geared toward imposing our own greatness in the world than to reorient ourselves together around the hard work of service that is at the root of every story of greatness ever told.

If you find this election season response of highlighting beautiful acts of service around us compelling, then I invite you to join in the effort and experience the joy that is found in the only work that makes this world a better place: service.