In the few weeks that I’ve been working for Star of Hope Mission, I’ve been blown away every time I encounter our volunteers. I met a wonderful man with muscular dystrophy. He has so much love for Jesus and his mission for the brokenness of Houston that it could fill the oceans. With the help of others, he did everything in his power to obtain his goals and requirements needed to volunteer.
I met a woman who lost her job and house. Through the stressful and difficult time she said that all she wanted to do is serve others. These two, and countless other volunteers, embody the idea of selfless serving. This is why I love Star of Hope. It is full of volunteers and employees that place others far before themselves.
Timothy Keller puts it beautifully in The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness!
“C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity makes a brilliant observation about gospel-humility.... If we were to meet a truly humble person, Lewis says, we would never come away from meeting them thinking they were humble. They would not be always telling us they were a nobody (because a person who keeps saying they are a nobody is actually a self-obsessed person). The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less. Gospel-humility is not needing to think about myself. Not needing to connect things with myself. It is an end to thoughts such as, ‘I’m in this room with these people, does that make me look good? Do I want to be here?’ True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. In fact, I stop thinking about myself. The freedom of self-forgetfulness.... A truly gospel-humble person is not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a gospel-humble person. The truly gospel-humble person is a self-forgetful person whose ego is just like his or her toes. It just works. It does not draw attention to itself. The toes just work; the ego just works. Neither draws attention to itself.”