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The chains of bondage keep us down, sometimes to the point where we simply can not be effective in our lives. We seem to be spinning our wheels and going no where. One way I have found that helps me get out of the rut is to find ways to help someone else.
When we get stuck, we tend to keep trying and trying to get out of where we are, the only problem is that we dig our rut deeper, making it more difficult to make any forward progress,
Over the years, I have had the privilege and honor to volunteer in different ministries. I remember working with a social service organization a couple of weeks before Christmas several years ago. I was at one of the lowest points of my life as I was going through a divorce after 20+ years of marriage. I didn’t even know why I was going through the divorce.
I was having a difficult time dealing with life and didn’t really know which way I was supposed to go. I knew I had to do something, I just didn’t know what.
A friend of mine from church suggested that I go work as a Santa’s helper and hand out bags of food. I had a lot of fun helping people do some Christmas shopping in a store that was filled with all kinds of brand new, donated items.
The looks on people’s faces told the story better than I ever could. The sense of appreciation was indescribable. This simple gesture of helping others helped pull me out of my pit. Here I was, trying to be a blessing to other people and along the way, I was the one being blessed. The words of encouragement from my co-volunteers, staff, and those I was helping, sustained me for many weeks to come.
For a short period of time, I was able to break my chains and will cherish those few days for a long time.
When the friend from church suggested I help out, my initial response was, “I’ve got to take care of myself.” God showed me a way to both take care of myself, and help others as well.
What a blessing it was to be a blessing. Think of how you can be a blessing to someone else today. Pay it forward by buying a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you. Volunteer for a non-profit organization. Offer to wash a friend’s car. Take care of a 3 year old so his single mom can go to a lady’s conference. Rake a neighbor’s leaves. And the list goes on. You won’t regret it. Who knows, you may just be able to get rid of some of your baggage along the way. Be a blessing to someone else and watch what God does for you.
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