I Want To Serve Somebody

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Philippians 2:4

Jesus said it best how each of us can live our best life ever when he declared in Matthew 23:11-12, “But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The secret is out then on how to live the most fulfilling and rewarding life ever and that is to humbly seek and to serve other people. According to Jesus we can’t go wrong and if you believe that to be true then the following study will make perfect sense to you.

The research consultant gathered the participants in a classroom to give them their instructions for the upcoming social experiment. The purpose of the task was to see if there is any notable difference that proactively serving other people has on our emotional and psychological and physiological well being. The assignment was simple. For the next ten straight days each participant in the study was to get up each day with the goal of going out in public and connecting with as many people as possible, being pro active and taking the initiative by greeting others kindly and joyfully asking how they are and how might they best be served that day. The only other requirement was to seek to help if at all possible. In short the participants would spend the next ten days seeking to serve others joyfully.

At the end of ten days all the participants were brought back and individually debriefed regarding their experience and what they learned in the process. Besides helping other and making their day all the participants reported that they throughly enjoyed the social experiment and admitted that they themselves experienced a greater sense of purpose and joy filled fulfillment that they had not known before the experiment.    

Many stated that they actually looked forward to getting up each day and most noted they did so without the help of an alarm clock. Each said that being motivated throughout the day was easier having such meaningful purpose. Interesting too, all agreed that reaching out and being proactive towards others left them deeply satisfied regardless of how people responded. It’s no wonder that greatness is so closely related to servitude. The more we get our eyes off ourselves and focus on the needs of others the more satisfying our own life becomes in the process.  

Try it and make today your own social experiment with every person you come in contact. Be first to smile, first to acknowledge others. First to inquire how the other person is doing. And don’t just ask but ask then listen as they share and see if you can pick up anything that you could offer to do for them to help bless their day. The possibilities are equal to the number of people you cross paths with today. Find a need and fill it and find a hurt and heal it knowing when you do you are on the path to greatness!

“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Acts 20:35


Michael Osthimer




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