Saturday, December 10, 2011

Spending Our Lives Helping Others

It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. Ephesians 2:10 (LB)

Ever since I was young, my heart has desired to love on and help others. I’ve always been people-oriented. I helped in a nursing home temporarily, wanted to be a candy striper, was a special education assistant and more. It was just something I felt drawn to…helping others.

At first I thought this was just my personality. And I guess, in part, it was. But now I see that it is also a God-given calling. We were created to spend our lives helping each other.

Some of us are “behind-the-scenes” types. Others of us don’t mind being out there in front. Regardless of our personalities, I think almost every single one of us feels fulfilled and blessed when we can in turn, bless someone else. Whether it’s by fixing something, painting something, dropping off groceries or other more “behind-the-scenes” type jobs – or – whether it’s hands-on spending time with someone else talking to them and encouraging them…we are all called.

We all will be in a position at some point to be able to give, and to also need to be given to. We are here for each other. To encourage, uplift, love, support, and physically help. God made us this way. He put us here and He made us capable of helping each other through life.

So although I already enjoyed helping other people; I now feel a new sense of conviction about it knowing that my Heavenly Father placed that desire inside of me. And knowing that He knew I could fulfill the task. It’s the best way to spend my time.

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