Focusing on others does make us forget our problems. There are many times I will have a headache before Girl Scouts, but I forget about it while working with them; many times it is gone when the meeting is over. There are so many rewards for helping others also.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." Mark Twain
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." Seneca
I know that God always works best when we get ourselves out of the way. Thanks Dee for illustrating this yet again.
Dear God, please help me to constantly have the perspective of putting You first, then others, then myself last. Thank You for helping me stay on track with great aids like the WILDFLOWERR'S team and Flylady. They help me keep priorities focused so that I can best serve You by serving others.
Psalm 121:1-3 I will lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let my foot slip-He who watches over me will not slumber;
Just recently I found this to be sooo true. For a couple of years now we have been fighting to get my dad a pacemaker or defibrillator... something for his heart. (It was mainly held up due to insurance crud) Anyway, he's been having a real hard time of it as of late, going to doctors all the time, emergency room visits, different procedures... well, this past week my father was up for another procedure (one of which they wouldn't know exactly what they were going to do until they got in there) Now I live about eight hours from my family so being there for each procedure would be difficult to say the least. In the meantime, a good friend of mine here had a heart attack. Although my dad was SOOO on my mind, I put him in God's hands and did whatever I possibly could for my friend when she came home. I believe by giving of my time and serving my friend in need, I was out of the way for God to work His miracle... my dad got not only a pacemaker but a defibrillator too. Praise Jesus! Thank You, Lord God!!!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
The Miracle of Serving Others Several years ago, my sister developed severe pain throughout her body, along with some other disturbing symptoms.
She was experiencing pain on a daily basis, and it didn’t take long before she went from simply being concerned and uncomfortable to being totally CONSUMED by her problem.
When my sister began serving dying people a miraculous thing happened. No, her pain didn’t go away, but, something more significant occurred. Through sharing with others and demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit of kindness, she was able to put her own problems into perspective.
You may be familiar with the saying that poignantly observes, “I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”
The Bible never says that believers will be exempt from suffering, but it does encourage us to guard against becoming overwhelmed by our circumstances. As James indicates in our verse for today, Christians are to expect trials and when they come, endure them and grow from the experience.
The fruit of the Spirit of kindness is that special fruit we demonstrate to others as “brotherly kindness.” Focusing on serving others gives us a wonderful perspective and helps us to handle our trials in a manner that is Christ like. When kindness is richly manifested in us, it gives us the power to exchange our question of, “Why me, Lord?” for a humble “Thank you, Lord.”
The problems of obesity and being overweight have the propensity to cause our focus to be self-centered. Showing kindness to others helps to protect us against this defeating self-absorption.
Daily Prayer: Father, I am grateful for the kindness You have shown me by providing a way for my salvation through Jesus Christ. Because of this kindness, I now have eternal hope. Lord, I pray that You help me to maintain a right perspective in all things and that You plant in me a desire to meet the needs of others above my own.
*Excerpts taken from Karen Davis’ book “Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss
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