The gift of time is often more valuable to the receiver and more satisfying for the giver than the gift of money. We don’t all have the same amount of money. But, we all do have time on our hands, and can give some of this time to help others. Whether that means we devote our lifetimes to service. Or, just give a few hours each day or a few days a year.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful. To be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give” — Winston Churchill
It Feels Good
Giving literally feels good. In a study of over 1,700 women volunteers, scientists described the experience of a ‘helpers’ high’. This was the euphoric feeling. Followed by a longer period of calm, experienced by many of the volunteers after helping. These sensations result from the release of endorphins, and is followed by a longer-lasting period of improved emotional well-being and sense of self-worth, feelings that in turn reduce stress and improve the health of the helper.
“Giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping. Because, giving gives you purpose. When you have a purpose-driven life, you’re a happier person” — Goldie Hawn
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure. Pressed down – shaken together. Running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
We know that you are at the center of our lives. Please be with us as we try to be your willing servants. Bless our projects and help us to remember that every time we serve a person in need. We’re actually serving you! In Jesus’ name.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.