Still on the acronym of the best way to help others (GASTFOD) in continuation from last edition:
3. Sharing knowledge: Simply share your knowledge. You can educate someone about your area of expertise.
4. Time sacrifice: Time is valuable and most people understand that. When you take time out of your day to help a friend, they remember it. It could be as simple as helping them move to a new home.
5. Finding value: You may spend time and effort helping someone with something that they didn’t even want help with. Make an effort to ask them where they need help, and keep that in mind when you see an opportunity.
6. Opportunity awareness: Once you see an opportunity, think about who could benefit from knowing about it. One of the ways you can help those known to you who are looking for employment is to inform them about job opportunities whenever they are available.
7. Distributing resources: Think about the resources you’ve invested in and be mindful of whether they can help someone else. When you have extra items, be willing to send to others, particularly those that are in need.
Ishika Agarwal, a lifestyle guru, said in one of his courses that helping others changes one’s own life for better. He puts it this way: “There can’t be a better feeling than helping others. In life, we find many opportunities to help others. It is just that we become so occupied in our own lives that we ignore the sufferings of others. But helping others can change our lives in many positive ways.”
Benefits Of Helping Others
Helping others gives a meaning to your life. There can’t be anything worse than being a self-centred person who only cares about his pleasures. Living for others gives a purpose to your life and you feel a sense of gratification from within. Some of the profound benefits of helping others include:
1. True happiness: Helping others makes you realize the true feeling of happiness. We all work day and night to make our lives more comfortable. The moment we need to take a little social responsibility, we tend to walk away. But there are people who have made it their duty to help others in need. For example, mostly in developed countries, there are rich people who have enormous wealth and they dedicate a portion of their wealth to serve and help the less-privileged. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Warren Buffet, are some of the wealthiest people who have pledged to give away a portion of their wealth to the deprived people. It buttresses the message that true happiness is only achieved by helping others.
2. Keeps you engaged in valuable activities: Helping others gives us more reasons to stay busy. When we help others, we keep ourselves engaged in productive activities that not only improve the lives of others but also keeps us away from wasting our time in frivolous things that don’t serve any purpose.
3. Reduced stress level: Helping others decreases your stress level and improves your mood. When you help others, it increases the endorphin levels in your body which makes you feel happy from the inside. So, the next time you want to feel happy, try donating some money to a needy person or helping an old fellow.
4. Promotes self-sacrifice: People have a tendency to do what others do. Evil begets evil and good breeds good. By helping others in your society, you can reinforce the faith of people in humanity and inspire them towards altruism. Together, it will create a society where everyone cares about others and make this world a better place.
5. You make the world a better place to live in: While helping others in your proximity makes a better society, helping the people around the globe makes a better world. The world is facing some really serious issues that include poverty, malnutrition, unemployment, and global warming. By committing to a cause that commits to ending any of these issues, you have done your bit to make this world a better place to live in.
6. It is a way to connect to God: Helping others is one way you can connect to God and seek His mercy. When you help others, you receive blessings from God. It is a kind of spiritual healing that purges your soul and makes you a better human.
Many people struggle between doing good and evil. The pendulum of yet to be totally broken individuals tends to swing towards the side of evil. It takes determination and consistent feeding on the word of God for man’s Adamic nature to be defeated. The Bible attests to this in Jeremiah 17:9 where it says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Paul the Apostle, once upon a time had this bitter experience but he overcame it.
“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” Romans 7:14-20.
Are you still struggling in the web of sin? You have ample opportunity to overcome if only you will totally submit to Christ’s teaching and receive the grace to remain steadfast.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:7-8.
Whatever is your challenge, there is hope for a tree cut off because at the smell of water it comes alive again.