MLK Day and the Spirit of Service
On this Martin Luther King Day, we’re remembering the words of the great and inspirational man—delivering a message that inspired millions to action and service.
“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve,” Dr. King said. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
MLK Day serves as a reminder to carry this spirit of service forward.
In AA, it’s said “service keeps you sober.” Service can, of course, take many forms — from the personal, to the political. Some of the most effective ways those in recovery can be of service include is to not only attending an AA meeting, but to sign up for a service position at the meeting. Positions like making the coffee, or even just setting up the chairs are all little things that can make a big contribution.
Another way to be of service is to be a sponsor. Sponsors play an important part of the path to recovery. Once you open up your eyes to the needs of others opportunities for service show up everywhere. Take care of a friend’s dog while they’re out of town, help someone move a couch, or just be available to listen when someone needs a friend.
To find out more ways to live a life of service, sign up for Serenity Lane’s Alumni program. You’ll receive alumni event updates, hear alumni stories, learn tips for living your best sober life, and find ways to serve others on their own path to recovery.
On this MLK Day, let’s refocus ourselves on this spirit of service Dr. King hoped to foster in the world. A soul in service has purpose and direction. Find your spirit of service, and share it with the world.