Despite our me-first society, people are still volunteering to help others. Why? Because it’s rewarding. I feel an extra spring in my step after doing something for others. Especially when I don’t do it for their gratitude but simply because it’s the right thing to do.
If I serve others begrudgingly, thinking about the sacrifice I’m making, my focus remains on myself. And I usually end up miserable. But when I truly think of others and put them above myself — not looking for their appreciation — the payoff is huge.
Have you ever encountered someone who prided himself or herself on making you happy? How did it make you feel? When we truly die to ourselves to please others, it not only does something for that person — it does something in us. When someone serves me willingly and cheerfully, it makes me want to pay it forward and do the same for someone else.
Maybe this me-first idea isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Does anyone really feel fulfilled when seeking only the good of himself or herself? I know when I do that, I miss out on a lot of other opportunities to bless those around me.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"