117. It's Not About You

I've been convicted on this topic for the past week or so. Every single motivational video I've seen, heard, or come across have touched on this topic. Obviously, there is something poking and prodding me, urging me to heed to its advice. The topic has been on service. 

I've talked about service on this blog before. I've talked about adding value to people's lives and focusing on what you can give instead of what you can get. However, sometimes I really think we can lose sight of this. When our bills pile up or when we get frustrated with our normal routines, it's easy for us to say, "Why do I need to help so and so when I have problems on my own?"

Well first of all, it's not about you.

Besides the fact that no one has ever gotten poor being a cheerful giver, let's be real. Our gift is not for us. We were not created to be comfortable. We were put on this earth to serve. That's hard to type sometimes, especially the comfort part. It's so easy to fall into a couch-lying lifestyle in front of our flat screens eating a smorgasbord of snacks. But, neglecting to be useful takes something away from our spirit. It makes us feel like something is missing.

Service is the key is satisfaction. Service is the key to success. 

In the last post I wrote about how our opportunities should be seen as blessings and not burdens as we continue our journey in life. The way we do that is through gratitude and service. Being thankful for where we are and giving our all to make sure that others are uplifted in the process. Not only that, but it's interesting to me how helping people in some way lifts your spirit, too. That's the point. 

I have a theory, and I could be very wrong about this but bear with me. I believe that certain people are blessed with much because God can trust them to give. There are many people who I believe are wealthy simply because God trusted them to be good stewards. He trusted them to use what they've acquired to give as much of it away to assist other people.

I believe truly wealthy people are not stingy. They give and give cheerfully.

The only reason I continue to bring it up -- besides the fact that service-type content constantly shows up in my social media feeds -- is because I've realize that this is the true secret. The path of success is the road of service. If we're not willing to help, we're not willing to have. If we're not willing to sow with giving, we will not reap during harvest. 

The reason why we don't have our heart's desires is because we're not willing to make a sacrifice for something other than ourselves. But it's not about you. It's about what you're willing to give away. That makes the difference. 

And no, we don't give just so we can get something in return; we give so we can discover the true joy in life. I've learned this from billionaires like Oprah and John Paul Dejoria, who I've met before. (Gosh, I need to tell that story). 

At any rate, I challenge you to focus on service this week. How can I be of service? Once you answer that question in your actions and find joy in what you do, the peace of God that surpasses all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds. WATCH. You will not feel the same if you go into your opportunity with that mindset.

Until next time, let's be cheerful givers.