We had a fantastic night Monday night.
Matter of fact, it was unbelievable!!!!
In case you weren’t able to be a part of it, let me fill you in.
Our church hosted a carnival for the church and community.
Big rides, kiddie rides, free games, tons of candy – a great time!!!
Kids were laughing, adults were smiling, friendships were forming and our church was the center of it all.
I watched a little girl skip by me literally shaking all over from excitement with the biggest grin on her face and the cutest pink princess costume. It was infectious!
The happiness, the laughing, the giggles, the screams of sheer delight came from every direction.
Blessed to be a Blessing
I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of something like this.The really interesting thing to me is this – I was walking around all evening and people kept asking me if I was going to ride a ride or play a game.
Matter of fact, I didn’t have time to eat dinner that night and there was food at the carnival and I didn’t even eat. Why?????
Because I was having such a great time walking around and seeing people be blessed and have a great time.
People kept coming up to me and thanking me, even though I was such a small part of the whole thing.
It produced such a feeling of love and warmth… to me, it was better than Christmas!
I Give, I Receive
So here is the crazy thing… why do we spend so much time trying to make ourselves happy when making other people happy really does feel so good?It is such a simple concept. And most of us know that it is true.
So, why do all of us spend so much energy on me first, self preservation, making sure we get recognized for what we did, and trying to get the glory?
It’s a human instinct that goes against what will truly make us happy.
We live in a world that tries everything from weirdo false religions, medication, self-help books galore, drugs and alcohol, addictions to anything and everything… on the hunt to try and make us feel good.
When truly, the thing that provides the very feeling that we crave is doing things that don’t on the surface benefit us at all.
ServingThat’s the whole premise of the Bible. Serving.
Serving Him (Him is God, Jesus Christ, the One and only so that I am clear).
All in His name.
It truly is the only way. The Bible says,
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
— Luke 6:31 (NIV)
How much more clear can He make it?
And yet we forget, pretty much every day, that we don’t have to fight to be first, or noticed, or claim and hog the glory.
Trust Me, It Feels Better
It honestly feels better to take care of others. It’s funny how our flesh will fight to keep us from doing the very thing that will soothe it!
So, while my flesh remembers how good that it feels to make something great for someone else, I’m gong to get right on doing it again….and again….and again!
And I might even have to read this blog a couple times a week to remind myself… just being honest. Is that allowed?
So what have you done in the past for someone else that ended up blessing you just as much, even though you were the giver and not the receiver?
What are you planning to do to bless someone soon?