Some people traverse continents and nations all in the name of searching for happiness, which in the end seems elusive due to being blind to the fact that service to humanity is the key to happiness and fulfillment.
Others, with an imaginary sense of escapism, pull every trick in their sleeves just to gain money, fame, or power in the imagination that they would be happy.
Unfortunately, after all the wild goose chase, they end up frustrated and unhappy. Such people eventually realize that all along their pursuits were misplaced, and their quest for happiness is still unmet.
According to the Greater Good Magazine, there is a famous Chinese saying that states:
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.
This clearly sums up the quest for happiness-help someone, and eventually, you will experience the benefits of happiness and satisfaction.
Why Should Serving Others Be Important?
Through others, you find great satisfaction and freedom. In the long run, you live a life free of stress, anxiety, and frustration. You begin to have more fulfillment, you feel more complete, and it clears a huge burden off your shoulders since you no longer have to seek power and dominion over others.
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Serving others has incredible benefits as follows:
- It creates an avenue for you to use your God-given talents and gifts for the good of humanity.
- It helps you to get your focus off yourself.
- It teaches us about humility.
- It allows us to make a genuine difference in someone else’s life.
- It practically helps in spreading the good news of the Lord Jesus.
- It gives you purpose.
- It gives you more joy.
- It reduces stress levels.
- It leads to a longer and happier life.
- It connects you to others.
- It gives you an opportunity to join in what God is doing.
You May Ask Yourself, “What Can I Do To Serve Others?”
Experiencing happiness and freedom may not be as complicated as some people may think. The moment you decide to serve, do it wholeheartedly. Ensure you do it from the heart and without any external influence of force.
It should happen through love and compassion. It should be a selfless act that will not keep a record of what you are doing to others and how you have impacted their lives.
Upon making a decision to serve others, take note of the following factors to help you in your journey:
1. Keep your eyes open to the needs around you. There may be so many people around you who need your help. Be keen and empathetic, and soon you will notice them.
2. Serve through your passion
Passion, which can be described as a compelling desire for someone or something, should be the anchor for your giving. It is argued that it is not how much we give but how much love we put into the giving that counts.
3. Find ways in which you can use your interests and skills for the benefit of others
It is essential to always put others’ needs before your own while serving others. You have to be willing to share out more than you receive.
4. Do something to those in need one step forward. You may not have all the answers to someone’s predicament, but try and help to your level best in your small way.
5. Pay the price of serving with a joyful heart. Serving others will always cost something. This may be money, time, reputation, and definitely energy. Check the price and pay it anyway. Many seasons down the road, you will enjoy the harvest.
6. Serve others through your time
Time is a valuable gift and should be considered as it gives more satisfaction to the recipient and brightens life through golden smiles. You may not have so much money, but through the gift of time, you can share some while helping others, whether it means visiting the elderly, visiting a children’s home for cleanliness, or sparing time to take clothes to take clothes to those in need.
7. Do not expect any returns. Clear from your mind anything to do with the “what’s in it for me?” mentality that silently drives many people. Decide to serve others selflessly. In the long run, you will be rewarded with joy and satisfaction in many other unimaginable ways.
What Does The Bible Say About Serving Others?
The Bible is full of lessons and examples that teach us about selfless living and sacrifice.
Scriptures teach us a lot about how people lay down their lives for the sake of others. Jesus stands out as a clear example in the New Testament through his selfless service to his disciples, followers, and many other people he encountered in his mission.
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God has given you the free will to decide on whether to act selflessly or selfishly. Whatever you choose is a decision entirely on your shoulders. When you serve others, you embrace humility and get to understand life from a bigger dimension.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”Galatians 5:13
The Bible informs us of a time when Jesus Christ, through humility, served his disciples by washing their feet. John 13:5 says, “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
Then Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly, I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Serving Others Is Serving God
Has serving others as a form of worship and obedience to God ever crossed your mind? Remember, you are a vessel whose service is to God through humanity. Think about the ministry of Jesus Christ and extend a helping hand to those who need it the most. Your service to humanity is service to God!