The ones who will be really happy

This week I’ve been talking about serving others and being a “giving person.”

Yes, it’s the faithful thing to do. But it can be difficult and involves sacrifice and re-arranging your priorities.

So maybe you’re still not convinced. So let me appeal to the smiley-face part of you that runs on…


Albert Schweitzer was a doctor who started a hospital in Africa. Not only did he kick-start and work in the hospital, but he put on music concerts to fund it as well.

Writing to Christians in the ancient world, the apostle Peter said that “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others…” (1 Peter 4:10, NIV) Schweitzer certainly embodied that principle 100%!

One year he was invited to address the graduating class from Eton College. He said, “I don’t know what your destiny will be. Some of you may be actors, politicians, teachers, doctors, surgeons, but I do know this: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Later, the students asked him about his sacrifices. He dismissed their inquiries and said, “It’s not a matter of sacrifice, it’s a matter of happiness, actually: happiness consists in service, in giving yourself here and now to that which is worthy and above your own self-interests.”

To Schweitzer, service wasn’t primarily about sacrifice—although it definitely is that too. For him, it was a matter of personal happiness.

Those who are happiest are those “who have sought and found how to serve.”

So do it for Christ. Do it for others. Do it for the kingdom come.

But also do it for you.

By Matthew Ruttan


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