There’s Joy in Serving Others

I’ve heard it said before that the best way to stop feeling sorry for yourself is to start serving others. Last Saturday, my family and I spent a few hours at our church organizing a food drop for two local food pantries, and we found this to be true.

I was surprised to see the parking lot half full when we got there; probably between 150-200 people came to volunteer. There were people of all ages, even some as young as 3-4 years old helping out. And we had a truly fun time. Our church used part of the Christmas offering to buy food. Then, we came together to organize all the food into boxes that could feed a family for a week.

Bret and Hunter went to one of the food pantries to deliver the boxes. When they walked into the warehouse, only 2 boxes sat on the shelves. But as the shelves started to fill, the workers said that they would now have enough food to last through May or June. Most of the families that this food pantry serves are shut-in and unable to provide for themselves. Our donations were truly needed and appreciated. The joy that was shown by the workers made a deep impact.

It’s easy to take our lives for granted and only see what we think is bad. But in just a few short hours of what was actually fun work, we were part of helping many families for several months to come. That changes your perspective.

Hebrews 13:16 says:  “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” So, God was happy by what we did. We did what was right and it had multiple benefits – our own perspective change and also God’s happiness and blessings.

Although it can be hard, the next time you find yourself wallowing in self pity, why not drag yourself out of the muck and find someone else who needs some help. Taking your eyes off your problems will help in multiple ways! Click To Tweet

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