‘I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you.’ 2 Corinthians 12:15 NLT
Helping people brings great fulfilment. When you spend your day serving others, you can lay your head down at night and sleep soundly. And even if you have spent much of your life chasing selfish gain, it’s not too late to have a change of heart. Even Charles Dickens’ character, Scrooge, discovered you can turn your life around and make a difference for others.
That’s what Alfred Nobel did. He was shocked when he saw his obituary in a newspaper. His brother had died, and the editor mistakenly named Alfred instead in an uncomplimentary summary of his life, mentioning the many people killed through the explosives his profitable company produced. So, Nobel vowed to spend the rest of his life promoting peace and acknowledging contributions to humanity. That’s how the Nobel Prizes came into being!
When you get outside of yourself and make a contribution to others, you really begin to live. Unselfishness is its own reward; it’s not dependent on the response of others. This is the principle the apostle Paul lived by: ‘I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me.’ (2 Corinthians 12:15 NLT)
When you see a four-year-old, you expect selfishness. But a tantrum in a fourteen-year-old isn’t very attractive, is it? And even less so in a forty-year-old. Yes, unselfishness goes against the grain of human nature. But if you can learn to think unselfishly and become a giver, it becomes easier to develop other virtues, such as gratitude, love, respect, patience, and discipline.
SoulFood: 1 Sam 27–31 John 3:1–8 Ps 110 Pro 23:6–9
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023