Reverse gravity

All week I’ve been talking about serving others and being a “giving person.” As it says in Galatians 5:13: “serve one another humbly in love.”

But if you’re like me, you have a pretty busy schedule. There are deadlines to meet and dishes to do. There is a muffler to fix and hockey practice to make.

So putting one more thing on your schedule—like volunteering or serving others—is like putting yet another weight on your shoulders. It feels like…

A burden.

But the thing about serving others is that it’s reverse gravity.

You know all those things in your life that seem to pull you down? Well, when you make a regular habit of serving others, it doesn’t add to your burden—it subtracts from it.

Think of the last time you helped a neighbour—maybe something as simple as shoveling their driveway or cutting their grass. Do you remember how you felt? I’m guessing you felt good.

And lighter.

For several years my wife and I helped feed breakfast to hundreds of people every Tuesday morning at our church’s Out of the Cold program. Some weeks were busy and it just seemed like too much. We had to get up at 4:30am. And we often dealt with difficult situations.

But every Tuesday I walked away feeling good. We hadn’t solved the world’s problems. But at least we were doing something to help.

Life can be heavy. The bills, your boss and even your broken dreams can weigh you down. So ease your burden… and serve.

Serving is reverse gravity.

By Matthew Ruttan

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