Altruistic Egoism. That’s quite a mouthful!
How about “When you give of yourself you get so much in return.” That’s more like it.
Jesus shared plenty of words and examples of altruistic egoism including
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” ~ Luke 6:31
We heard this passage regularly from our mom while growing up. It did (and does) resonate today, helping the Spirit move us to do some things outside our comfort zones.
And it’s not just her words that ring in our ears. Our mom also “walks her talk” – – at age 87 she is still mighty active! And not only does she bless, she is blessed and grateful.
During Lent, more churches are encouraging folks to “Take Something On!” When we see pictures of people helping others, inevitably the helpers are smiling and engaging with others. A visual “symptom” of altruistic egoism! 🙂
ACTION: What can you “take on this week” to help another, possibly moving outside your comfort zone in the process?
PRAYER: Dear God, help us to remember about loving another the way we want to be loved. During this Lenten season, spur us with unexpected energy to help others; in the process feeling even better ourselves. Amen!
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!
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