Abundance in our lives comes when we bless others first. When we help one another we help ourselves. Helping others lifts us all collectively. This is how we help ourselves. Not because we expect anything in return, but because it brings joy to our Father in Heaven and He in turn fills us up. This is how we actively turn to Him to be filled up, by serving others. In our journeys it’s tempting to just self protect and provide for ourselves. However, acting in this way, we only get and have what we can cultivate alone. When we take our aid to others, we live out trust in God to provide for us. Through our acts of service, because of the humility of our lives, He will multiply our efforts. Working in this way spreads the blessings to others beyond what we can see.
Proverbs 11:25 NIV
We might think we are entitled to certain things. That because of our faith, our strength, or our goodness we deserve a better, easier life. This is when we must actively humble ourselves and turn away from the world. True strength is built in us through Christ as we lend a hand to those next to us. It isn’t always convenient, but it is necessary. It is our responsibility as disciples of God to look after the people around us. Let’s shift from the constant “What’s next for me?” to “Who can I help, and how?”
Romans 15:1-2 NIV
Considerations for your planner:
- Have you sought out God’s counsel today? Write down a practice you can do to turn to Him when you need strength.
- Write down 2 ways you can use the strength you have to help others today.
A Story of Seeking Humility:
Since I’ve started seeking God I’ve noticed how negative I was before. I always sought out altercations. I always thought negative things about everyone around me. I was also always cursing. There were so many things that I’d do on a daily basis that I now see were so horrible.
God is the reason I can see now. I can’t really remember what truly made me start seeking Him, but I’m very glad it happened. He gives me peace when I need it. He helps me through all of my problems and situations. There are still so many things that I have to learn and I will continue to do my best to learn them.
With the Lord’s help nothing is impossible. He is ALWAYS here for us. He loves us ALWAYS. Even when we do wrong. I no longer allow myself to do the negative things I once did when I slip up. Instead I pray that God forgives me. My life has really changed for the better and I’m so glad I started seeking Him.
- Haylee Zachary
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