Living the Blessed Life
Last Sunday I started a new five week series. The first message was from the parable of the Good Samaritan. In it Jesus answered two questions asked of Him by a lawyer; (1.)“What must I do to inherit eternal life”, and (2.)“Who is my neighbor?” To the Jews, “Loving your neighbor” meant loving those of your own race and religion. Jesus, however, redefined the word “neighbor.” Instead of helping those who are of the same race and religion as you, the parable shows how a half-breed, (part Jew and Assyrian) called a Samaritan, generously helped his enemy. The Samaritan showed mercy and compassion to a Jew in the ditch. The lawyer was told that’s how you love your neighbor, by blessing them when you see a need.
Some people could be WEALTHIER, HEALTHIER and HAPPIER if they would make one simple adjustment in their lives; be a blessing to others. Did you know that when you help someone by volunteering, or through a financial donation, or even mentoring someone, that it affects you physically and emotionally in a positive way? Some researchers have found that the effect of giving, or doing something small or big, is similar to the so-called runner's high (the rush of endorphins). But unlike exercise euphoria, this rush lasts longer.
Blessing others strengthens your immune system. Your emotions will have a positive boost. Pain decreases and stress is relieved. Ninety percent of people who experience this high, grade their health condition as better than those who did not share their time, talents and treasures with others.
Blessing others BLESSES you PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY and FINANCIALLY. In Acts 20, Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Who will you bless today?