JESUS’S LIFE is marked by his service. Jesus tells us how to proclaim the kingdom; he asks that we be a source of healing and forgiveness for others. We can see the value of service through psychological research regarding happiness. People who volunteer report that they are happier than people who do not. When we serve others, we rise above our own problems and recognize that others around us are also suffering or in need of companionship and connection. God told Catherine that when we deprive our neighbor of charity, harm is done not only to our neighbor but also to ourselves because we deprive ourselves of the grace that comes from giving. By serving others, we create space in our heart for the grace of God.
Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God
From page 42 of Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God by Christopher Maricle. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What random act of kindness can you do for others this week? Share your thoughts.
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above…
—James 1:17a, NRSV
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