Christianity fully satisfies our striving for precedence – but how? Through a method totally opposed to one used in the world. Do you want to be first? Be a servant to everyone, that is, be the last among them. This is just as essential as it is to attune your life and your disposition to the example of Christ the Lord. The Lord says: The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28). The Lord ministers, and even washes the feet of His disciples. There is no need, therefore, to be ashamed of ministering to someone. Minister in any way possible, and with whatever means you can. There are opportunities every step of the way: feed someone who is hungry, clothe someone who is naked, bring a stranger into your home, visit someone who is sick and even take care of him, and do not refuse all other help to those who ask it. Serve not only the body, but also the soul: give understanding and advice, point out a good book, console, and support. A word is a powerful means to help; through such a word one’s soul extends itself and, joining another soul, gives him strength.

St. Theophan the Recluse
"Thoughts for Each Day of the Year"

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