George Herbert Bush, during his 1989 Presidential inauguration speech stated, “I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good. . . . The old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.”
John F. Kennedy, during his 1961 Presidential inauguration speech asserted, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” (And the Peace Corps was born.)
Recorded in the Christian Bible, New Testament, Matthew 20:26, Christ Jesus is known to have said when speaking to His disciples, “but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.”
Service to one another is not limited to the United States, but truly it is an American ideal and a Christian ideal. Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, an act of humility and service. Jesus—the ultimate example.
As we close in on another American Independence Day, the Fourth of July, it might be a good idea to take a few moments, as we gaze upward toward the fireworks, to reflect on how we each can offer service to our fellow Americans as well as the world community.
A thousand points of light? Why stop there? How about three hundred million points of light—and still counting! Have faith.