Our Bible verse for today: “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NLT)
Our thought for today: “Serving others adds meaning and value to your life.”
Linda and I live in a community that consists almost entirely of retirees. It’s not an exclusively “adults only” or “retirees only” community, but almost everyone who lives here is retired. (Except me. I’m probably one of the most “not retired” people I know. Lol. I’m as busy as I’ve ever been but, I’m not complaining. It’s by choice. I love what I do as a Pastor and I have no desire to stop.)
Over the years that we’ve lived here I’ve noticed a trend among the retirees. Usually they begin their retirement years with a big sigh of relief and the intent to rest and play and travel. And they do! They play endless rounds of golf, they sit around playing cards and drinking beer, they go where they want when they want, and basically, they live a life focused on fun and sun and on themselves. But then, after a year or two of that, it all begins to feel pretty empty. Soon they start wondering what the point of their life is now, and they begin yearning for meaningful ways to spend their time.
And so, another characteristic of this community is all the civic clubs and volunteer organizations there are. We literally have hundreds and hundreds of bored retirees looking for ways to enhance the quality of their own lives by finding meaningful ways to help make this world a slightly better place. And … they are right. Not only are there people in need of help all around us, and not only does every act of mercy, kindness, and compassion help to make this world a little bit better, but engaging in those activities improves the quality of our own lives too.
The truth is the more you serve others the more meaningful your own life will seem – to you, and to everyone around you. People will recognize you as someone who is kind and compassionate and attentive to others, and they will think well of you for it. But beyond that, you will think well of yourself for it. Serving others makes us feel good about ourselves – it helps us to feel that we are doing something meaningful with our life. And you are! That’s why the Bible is filled with exhortations to serve others. Doing so furthers the cause of Christ on earth, it brings relief to someone in distress, and it blesses you as well.
Serving others adds meaning and value to your own life. The more of it you do, the better you will feel about yourself.