Service is a relationship between equals. It is not just helping people or fixing things. When we help we are seeing the other as weak; when we fix, the implication is that something is wrong. Fixing and helping can be very draining. Service is mutual and deeply rewarding, and it enables us to recognise our real power, together with others, to make the world better.
People are inclined to think of service as duty, as obligation. But true service is far closer to generosity than to obligation, and far closer to love than it is to duty. It is what fill us up, not what drains us. It is not about reducing or limiting ourselves, it is about participating in the development of life.
When we discover that life around us responds to us, it enhances our self esteem and enables to realise that we are manifesting the creative Spirit of God.