I'm currently reading A Willing Heart: How to Serve When You Think You Can'tby Marci Alborghetti which is providing much food for thought. Here are a few quotes from the book:
"If we are to love those we don't like, we must think of love as an act of will, an action we take and not a feeling that overwhelms us - a verb and not a noun."
"Grace is God's way of making to possible to accept this invitation to serve, and grace is what gives us the knowledge that God will protect us and guide us as we serve."
"Service starts with prayer, particularly when we are uncertain about how - or whether - to take action. . . Prayer is a contemplative form of service that strengthens and prepares us for active service."
"Sometimes in order to not give up on ourselves, or others, or service, we will need to 'act as if.' This is another way to persevere."