“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
-The Gospel of Luke 16:10
The youth of Hunstville, Alabama recently embarked on a grocery distribution drive, and were filled with love and enthusiasm to serve their fellow men who were deprived of the most basic necessities. Grocery bags were prepared for distributing to families in need, and each kit included nine cans of tomatoes, nine boxes of rice, nine jars of jelly, potatoes, carrots and black-beans. In the early morning hours, youth went in search of destitute families and distributed the kits to them.
When the youth delivered the bags of food items that they had prepared, they were warmly greeted by a friendly and inquisitive elderly African-American gentleman. He was eager to attempt to learn and pronounce Indian names and wanted to know more about our associations and our purpose. This was an opportunity for all to recall and practice the ideals of ‘Love All Serve All’, as taught by Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
One may wonder whether service rendered is beneficial or not? Every little seva that is done is certainly rewarding, especially to the benefactor. The beautiful story of the young girl who saved a starfish that was washed onto the shore reminds everyone that each act of service is important. Masters like Swami Vivekananda, and our dearest Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai reiterates seva helps in individual transformation and purifies the heart.