"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". This verse in Luke 6:31 is commonly known as the Golden Rule. I remember as a child being told to follow the Golden Rule. Even my friends who were not Christians new to treat others the way they would like to be treated. But isn't that the Gospel? Isn't serving others what Jesus came to do? What I have learned is that when I serve others, my focus comes off myself and is placed on others instead. I think this is key in battling depression and stress.
It's easy to become consumed by self-loathing and defeat when things aren't going the way we think they should go. Have you ever been completely distracted by the tremendous mountain in your path that all you do is think of it, talk about it, and when you lay down at night, you dream about it? It's times like these that we must get our minds off of ourselves and on to others by choosing to serve. Putting ourselves in the backseat and focusing on the needs of other people brings the proper perspective to whatever you are facing.
When we serve others we are being the hands and feet of Christ. Serving is not about us, although we benefit from it; instead, it is all about those we are serving. If we look at the example from Jesus' life we see that he served his disciples by washing their feet, his friends by turning water into wine, his family by providing for them, and strangers by meeting their needs. We too can serve our family, friends, and strangers. Sometimes it just takes being aware of the needs around us.
This makes me think of a friend of mine named Samantha, who in middle school, invited several people to her youth group only to find that they had no way to get there. So, she decided to organize a van pool using her church's vans along with a group of adult volunteers. In no time, this youth group of a few grew to 100! Samantha saw a need, looked for a solution, and served her fellow schoolmates by providing a way for them to get to church. I am sure Samantha didn't know the impact she was making in the lives of those teens.
Today, several of them are pastors, missionaries, and leaders in their communities all because one young girl decided to serve.
When God's people decide to serve others, people's lives are changed. I would like to hear from you. How has taking your eyes off of your own circumstances and choosing to
serve others impacted you? Please share your answers in the comments below.