Do For Others, Not For Self

22 Oct

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

What can I get out of today?  What can I get from that person?  What can I get from this job?  What can improve my lot in life?  What can I do for myself?  These are questions that many people ask of themselves daily as they focus upon themselves.  While it is not wrong to want to benefit in some way or to improve one’s lot in life, it is wrong if we intentionally cut other people out of life or prevent others from benefiting as well.

Our lives are supposed to be lives of service.  That was the Lord’s dream for us.  He wants us to be kind to one another, to love one another, and to serve one another.  He does not want to see us take advantage of others.

A successful day, then, is a day that we can honestly say we helped someone else benefit, that we improved someone’s lot in life, or that we simply allowed someone to have a genuine smile on his or her face.

When we quit focusing upon ourselves and beginning looking to others, we will have a much better chance to hear the Lord directing us in the way of righteousness.

FAITH ACTION:  It doesn’t have to be big and flashy; but, make sure that you plant seeds of hope, love, and joy in the people you encounter today.