Serving My City

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Yes…this is my day.

I sit, having the privilege of serving my city by doing jury duty, and I can’t help but think about how serving others is very important. And, yes, I do find jury duty to be an honor and, believe it or not, fulfilling. Sure, it’s arduous and inconvenient. Sure, you have to rearrange your schedules and, for many, take time off of work. And sure, for many, taking time off of work means not getting paid. And, yes, sitting in the jury pool is a pain, but actually serving on a jury panel is pretty awesome (I served on an attempted murder trial a few years back). You’re exposed to how the judicial system works and you’re given a better appreciation for how justice is served in our country. Contrary to how people feel, I believe the system is fair, in that, the verdict is left up to the defendants’ peers and not some racist mastermind sitting in a chamber isolated away making all of the decisions.

The people are given the huge honor, privilege, and responsibility to decide the outcome.

Having said that, serving others, in any way you can is huge. Whether it’s serving with eleven others to decide fairness in a trial or sweeping up the sidewalks of a tattered downtown street, when we humble ourselves and find ways to help for the overall good of a community, positive momentum can begin to develop. And, as we’re catalyze toward making a difference, our cities will begin to slowly see the amazing light that surrounds it or, at the very least, see the potential each city has at becoming a place where people can truly call it home.

What are your thoughts on serving? How are you currently serving others?

Let’s talk.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Serving My City

  1. Interesting perspective viewing jury duty as service. I remember having jury duty the week before our wedding. 4 long days, but a positive experience. Didn’t view it as service then, more of “duty.” Probably would change my perspective if/when I am called again.

  2. So what are your thoughts about the system in such cases where there is no jury? About the wrongly convicted who completely lose their children because a bias judge never took the time to learn the facts and instead made a prejudgment and settled in their heart that a person is evil before hearing the facts? I guess I’m a pessimist in some things, but I agree in your take on a jury, but I still question a system when it relies on a single mans thoughts and judgements.

    1. Yeah…that’s a tough one. My bigger struggle is submitting to our authorities even when we know some are not following God.

      It’s definitely tough to be in a situation where the decision comes down to one man, especially when they’re not willing to be open to fully hear and investigate both sides.

      1. I hear you on that one. In society in general we have a huge delusion as to what it really is to truly submit and surrender. It’s all to commonly associated with losing rights when it’s all together the opposite. You gain so much more even though it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. “He exalts the humble, but shames the proud.”

  3. Pastor Engoy please respond have left several voice messages at church. Respond please with a email that I may reply and leave my contact phone number. Thank you and God Bless.
    Tamara Hirbod

    1. Hey Tamara. You can email me at dengoy.nlc@gmail.com. I actually tried calling you two weeks ago, but all I got was music on the other line with no option to leave a message. I’m not sure if you’ve been trying to call our prayer text line (we’ve received multiple call from a 213 number), but we don’t answer that line as it is a text only line.

      Anyway…I look forward to hearing from you.

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