This weekend, I listened to a message that has resignated with me since the moment I heard it. It was about serving others.
The significance of serving others in our lives is important no matter what spiritual/religious beliefs or non-beliefs we have. To help, encourage, give to, or be kind each other is the golden rule.
This speaker spoke of some wonderful facts I want to share:
1. Serving others creates a personal happiness booster. Serving makes us feel good- about ourselves and also for humankind. It reminds us there is good in the world- despite what we see everyday.
2. 5 random acts of kindness a week shows a measurable boost to one’s mental health.
3. Elderly couples increase their life span when they serve.
4. There is a lower risk of depression in young people who serve.
5. The greater frequency of serving shows greater overall benefits of health.
These benefits alone make me want to take the day and help others!
Most importantly, the big lightbulb moment for me was when the speaker said, “The greatest benefit from serving is it rewards me by saving me from me!” Wow! Yes, although there are great benefits for ourselves for serving, but ultimately, it puts the focus onto someone else other than my favorite person in the world….ME! If I don’t serve others and only think of me, I will drown in this world full of consumerism, entitlement, and selfishness. Serving can help save me from this.
What is one thing you can do this week to serve others? Is there a neighbor in need? Take them dinner one night- it’s not hard to double the recipe! What about your local homeless shelter or humane society? They always need an extra set of hands. Your local church, synagogue, temple, or school can always use volunteers, too. There are endless possibilities.
And those 5 random acts of kindness can easily be done in a day! Hold the door open for someone. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Look someone in the eyes and say, “hello” instead of looking down. All of these things are acts of kindness.
Save me from me…..Please, God, save me from me….
Message heard at www.northviewchurch.us October 7, 2012
Written by Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.