'Designing a Life of Service'

Feb. 20, 2014 @ 05:08 AM

Jackie Godlock said the key to happiness is service during a special Black History Month speech at Isothermal Community College (ICC) on Wednesday.

"Communities don't function unless there is service," Godlock said. "Service comes from the heart and is cultivated in the mind."

Godlock, who works with the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and is a member of the ICC board of trustees, was invited to speak by Dr. Johnny Smith, dean of learning support and retention. The event, called "Designing a Life of Service," was sponsored by the Uncommon Leaders club, student government association and National Society of Leadership and Success.

"I'm very honored and humbled to be here today," Godlock said. "We've set aside this month for black history and I love that. Black history is not only black history, it's our history and God's history."

Godlock told the audience that each person has a divine purpose and reason for living. She said that reason is to serve others.

"We are not here to put our little world in a box and not reach out. You are here to serve and assist others," Godlock said. "In your service not only to others but to yourself, don't ever quit, don't ever stop. No matter what you do for a living, at the core of what you do is service."

Godlock said she learned about serving others from her family. Her mother was a chef for 35 years and her siblings were in the military. She herself has worked for Rutherford Life Services as a business relations specialist and is an ordained minister.

"It's not about me it's about what I can do serving other people," Godlock said. "If you've ever been given a second chance, been forgiven or given a smile, if you have received that you are expected to extend that to someone else."

Godlock also went on to speak about community service. She said the technical definition is "a long-held tradition of working without pay to assist and for the common good."

"Not one person individually can achieve all the community service that is needed. Community service comes from the heart, service is doing things no one else wants to do," Godlock said. "Community service is the right thing to do. Sometimes you have to do what is better for somebody else instead of what is better for yourself."

Throughout the speech, Godlock challenged the audience to never stop the process of learning and to make the most of today. She said nobody is guaranteed tomorrow, they are only guaranteed this moment.

"You are here not only to make a difference but to be a difference," Godlock said. "You have the ability to make a difference with everyone you meet. The worst thing you can do is live simply for today and for yourself."

At the end of her speech, Godlock encouraged the audience to continue serving throughout their lives and to do it with a good attitude.

"Remember as you move on, whatever you do, do it with the right heart and attitude and I promise the benefits will be great," Godlock said. "As we seek to grow we need to learn how to live a life of service."