“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this way you must help the weak and rememberer the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35).

For an individualistic, self-preoccupied generation, consumed with its own experiential feelings and emotions, there is a growing body of evidence, within the behavioral sciences, indicating that the most effective means for “getting out of one’s own head” is to be found in volunteering time, caring for others, and being financially generous. Though it would seem counter-intuitive, the data reveals a significant impact is to be had upon one’s mental and physical well-being. As believers, we should not be surprised that an ethic of obedience to the teachings of Jesus pays dividends for all concerned; that when we all act as benefactors, we all become beneficiaries.

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