Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Einstein
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own. Confucius
Have you noticed that those who seem to “have it together” are prone to be involved with helping others? They belong to “help giving” organizations as well as donating time and money to worthy causes. These individuals are unselfishly committed to giving of their service for the benefit of others.
Not only are they unselfish with their time, they have minimal ego problems, are not arrogant, are humble, loving and kind. Many of these are good examples of those who are experiencing happiness and fulfillment. They are not motivated by “what is in for me” but rather “what can I do to help”. We have been told that it is much better to give than to receive and that the giver benefits more than the receiver. Why are so many of us have such a hard time in giving our time and effort to serve others?
Are we selfish, insecure and ungrateful? The answer is yes at least to some degree. The biggest reason probably has more to do with being afraid, fearful and insecure. It is due to a lack of faith in ourselves and our abilities. Those having issues with self-love, self-esteem and mental well-being problems find it difficult to focus outside of themselves in giving of themselves to others. Personal insecurity dominates and hampers our being concerned and empathetic for others. If we believe that it is good to help and serve; and that we benefit when doing so; if for no other reason, we should be doing these things to benefit ourselves.
It sometimes requires an act of faith to do something because it is the right and proper thing to do. The story of the Good Samaritan is a classic example of doing the right thing. The Samaritan was probably rewarded in ways we will never know. In serving others, we should be motivated to help for a multitude of reasons if for no other than as a means of “saying thank you’ for our many blessings. It is a way of giving back for all the many things we should be thankful for. Many cultures teach the more we give to others amplifies and increases the blessings that we receive. If each of us gives just a little to help others what a difference it would make. The world would become a better place and we would be much the better for doing so.
Challenge: What type of service do you provide to others? If you already do, you probably enjoy the experience and greatly benefit from it. If you do not, it is a good time to consider finding a worthy organization, someone or something that you can commit to serving. You will be doing something very wonderful for yourself in the process. You will grow and become more than you have been. Find something, start out small and grow into it.
Wisdom: I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer
Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Ecclesiastes 11:1
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18.
He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses. Proverbs 28:27
God is perfect love. It is because of his love for us that He paid the ultimate sacrifice in redeeming us from our sinful lives. God is a giving god. He cares and blesses us in countless ways. The Bible teaches we should do likewise; taking the time and putting forth the effort to love others by deeds and actions. We are promised that the more we have a giving and loving attitude, the more we will be blessed and rewarded. Where is our faith?
Prayer: Help me to be more conscious of giving my time and efforts to be more helpful to others.