ARE YOU ONLY SERVING YOURSELF?
How many times do we hear or read things about doing what is good for you? You've heard many phrases like, “It's all about me” or “If I can't make me happy, no one can.” How about, “I did it my way”... While, it is a good thing to love yourself and possess a healthy dose of self-confidence, when you are only concerned about yourself and not others, you are destined to be unhappy...
The biggest joy comes from being there for someone or serving someone in need. I know, you are probably thinking, "Why should I not focus on me? I have had so many people that have hurt me. Why should I worry about someone else?" And while this may be true, despite the pain others might have caused us in the past, we still find our greatest joy in helping others. There is a fine line between allowing someone to walk all over you or use you and being a help to someone in need. Believe me, I have experienced being walked all over on many occasions throughout my life. To have a good heart, automatically puts you at risk of being taken advantage of. And there are A LOT of people out there that will not hesitate to suck all of the life out of you. BUT that should not stop you from serving others.
Relationship is important
God created us and put us on this earth to be in relationship with one another. We are all gifted with something that makes us special and unique. We should be using that gift to give to someone else in need. It could be a word of encouragement, a warm meal, or a shoulder to cry on. Think back to the last thing you did to help someone out, and how it made you feel. Doing something good for someone else not only builds that person up that you are helping, but at the same time builds you up! To ONLY think about yourself and how something will benefit YOU, will en-prison you... I've seen people literally lock themselves up because they think that their life is such a wreck and they say that they have nothing to give. Their complete and total focus is on themselves. They say, that until their life is in order and perfect that they have nothing to offer others. But those are the PERFECT candidates for giving to others! In the process of them giving to someone else in need, they are offering useful insights of their own experiences, knowledge and wisdom, to help the person in need and creating joy in their own lives. Being self-involved, self-seeking and self-serving doesn't benefit anyone!
Be the change
A great man and medical missionary by the name of Wilfred Grenfell once said, "Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile."
I challenge you, to think of one person today that is in need. Someone that needs something that you are able to give them. Now make it a point to reach out to them and give away! You AND that person will be happy that you did! That's a PROMISE!
With Love and Blessings,