Do It Anyway
Dr. Karl Menninger, a famous psychiatrist, gave a lecture on mental health.
When he was finished he invited questions from the audience.
“What would you advise a person to do," asked one man, "if they felt a nervous breakdown coming on?”
Most people expected him to reply: Consult a psychiatrist.
To their astonishment, he replied:
“Lock up your house, go out into the streets, find someone in need, and do something to help that person.”
Whenever we help someone else, we discover we, too, are helped. We do not have to wait until we feel we are on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Whenever we are discouraged, disappointed, frustrated, angry, sad, our outlook is changed as we seek someone else to help. As we sow the seeds of God's love, peace, and joy in the lives of others, we discover we reap a harvest in our own lives as well. When we look beyond ourselves, God's peace has a chance to sprout and grows in our lives. Despair and boredom begin to evaporate. Anger and frustration start to fade.
It is not about performing random acts of kindness.
It is about purposely living God's way.
Our problems will not immediately be eliminated. Our pain, suffering, and disappointments will not disappear. But by seeking out someone we can help, our outlook is changed. We are able to also notice the good things in our lives. It makes a difference in someone's life, and in our own.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
The good you do today might be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
If you do good, people might accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
People with the biggest ideas can be shot down by those with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.
(adapted from the book Anyway by Kent M. Keith)
God gave us the best he had – his Son in the manger at Christmas.
Whenever we help someone we give God a gift.
Is there any better way to Keep Christmas Every Day?
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