4.20.09 – 1 PETER 5:2

Below are quotes from 4 different men of varied backgrounds. However, they all seem to understand that service to others is the “secret” to true happiness.

No time is better spent than that spent in the service of your fellow man.
-Bryant H. McGill-

Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.
-Billy Graham-

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
-Muhammad Ali-

The best way to find your self is to lose yourself in the service of others.
-Mohandas Gandhi-

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one’s self. We must be purposely kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. The heart that goes out of itself, gets large and full of joy. This is the great secret of the inner life. We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.
-Horace Mann-

Now think about this . . . . How do you get your happiness “fix”? Do you go buy “stuff”? Do you go to the hottest places to be seen? Are you wrapped up in your business’ success and how much money you’ll make this year? If you’re doing this or that and at the end of the day you’re laying in bed thinking there has to be more . . . well there certainly is.

Think about the last time you helped someone without being asked, your basic “random act of kindness”. It could be a simple gesture like taking a grocery cart in for someone or volunteering at a shelter. That feeling of helping another is unmatched and the good news is that it’s not by happenstance. God created us to help one another, so why wouldn’t he make the feeling we get when we’re helping others, one of the best experiences we’ll ever have. Sure, closing a big deal at work may give you a fleeting feeling of elation but not the comforting feeling that we get when we know that we’ve made a difference in someone’s life. The more you serve the better it gets and the more you’ll want to serve. Then
perhaps someone else will see your actions and they’ll want to serve and so on and so on. Lastly, if we don’t lead by example then how will others, especially our children, learn that service is the most admirable of deeds. Giving of your time and resources to those who truly need help is a reward unto itself. 1 Peter 5:2 – Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;