The Best Way To Help Yourself Is to Help Others
Is there an area in your life that you continue to struggle with? Most all of us will say, yes. Many of us could say, yes, and there is more than just one area. Maybe you face an array of issues and struggles. Maybe you have a physical or mental ailment. Whatever it is, I have found that when I help someone else with their problem(s), it can immensely help with my own. At the very least, get my mind off of my own issues for a while.
What? That doesn’t make sense? Are you thinking to yourself, “I need to help myself before I can help someone else”? Sometimes this is true, but often times, it is not. Being wrapped up in your own problems only makes them seem worse. The mind focuses on these problems, and soon they can become overwhelming. It’s easy to get so focused on the issue(s), that your world becomes all about the issue(s). This is an unhealthy, horrible, and dangerous place to be emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Being in a self-absorbed state no longer allows for perspective and closes you off from the actual world itself. Isolation, is not a healthy road to travel. It is the road that leads to nowhere, or just as bad, is nothing more than a lap in which you return right back to the starting line.
We are communal creatures and God knew what He was talking about when He gave us the command through Paul in Galatians 6:2 to “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ”.
There is something special that happens when I help someone else, it gives me a break from my own problems. It gives me joy and happiness to know I am making a difference in someone else’s life. The suffering I have endured has also given me perspective I would not have had, and a certain amount of wisdom, enabling me to help others.
If the person I am helping is struggling with the same or similar issue as me, working with them gives me strength too. If it is advice, I can hear myself out loud the principals and lessons I’ve learned which reminds me to apply them to my own life. If it is a set of actions, again, I get physical practice in which to apply to my problem(s). Honestly, I write these articles because they are therapeutic and motivating, along with hoping that my personal journey and thoughts will help anyone that reads them.
God has given us the power to overcome. He has given us a spirit of courage and strength. We are called to live fearlessly and in complete guidance and submission to Him. We are to support each other, our fellow brothers and sisters, regardless of race, religion, social status or anything else. How can I be of help to you? Is there someone you know that could use your help? Feel free to reach out privately through my contact page.