Serving has become something of a duty in the church, and perhaps this is because like prayer, we have lost sight of what makes this discipline so important. We shouldn’t have to serve; rather, we get to. Serving and generosity actually walk hand in hand. Generosity should be a product of communion with God, but this product gets tainted when we serve others for selfish reasons. When we begin to learn the practice of true generosity, a beautiful cycle occurs: We live from our connection with God. Others are blessed. Their hearts and lives are enlightened. And, we experience their receipt of the service and are blessed in return.