It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are or how you feel, reaching out to others helps us feel better. Jesus was continually reaching out, helping others and we are called to do the same. No matter if you are struggling with divorce, trying to rebuild your life, or in a place of peace and joy you can greatly benefit by serving and blessing others.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
When we serve others through our church, community or work, we are doing an amazing thing. Taking the focus from ourselves and putting it on someone else. As this happens our problems melt away, seem less important, and we are given the opportunity to bless someone that may not have had the opportunity to be blessed if you did not show up. Giving to others is our response to God’s love towards us, and it aligns our heart with His.
Not only does volunteering in your community have spiritual benefits but healthy ones as well. Research has shown that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life. The connection between volunteering and longer life may indicate that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors, such as one’s sense of purpose.
Divorce and stressful times can make a person go into isolation which can result in negative effects, however, if you take the time to volunteer you will strengthen social ties while having a greater sense of self-worth and trust.
You don’t have to wait until you are feeling good again; volunteering at any time can have a positive effect on your emotional, spiritual, mental and physical being.
We reap what we sow.