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The Power of Helping Others: How It Benefits You and Them

Updated: Aug 23, 2023


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Life has a funny way of surprising us, doesn't it? Often, the actions we think are meant to benefit others end up enriching our lives in ways we never expected.


One such action is the simple, yet powerful act of helping others. In extending our hands to lift someone else up, we inadvertently elevate our own spirits, feeling an overwhelming sense of joy and fulfillment.


Now, you might be wondering, "How exactly does this work?" That's precisely what we're here to explore today. Let’s uncover the rewarding journey of serving others and the profound impact it can have not just on their lives, but on ours as well.


How Helping Others Can Improve Your Well-Being


We all know the importance of physical exercise to keep our bodies strong and healthy, but what about the muscles of our hearts? Yes, our emotional well-being and the care we give by helping others are just as important.


In a world that can sometimes feel self-centered and divided, there's a powerful exercise we can practice daily: lifting someone else's spirit. Imagine the impact we can have when we reach out and uplift those around us, even in the smallest of ways. A kind word, a listening ear, or a simple act of encouragement can truly make a world of difference.


Now, you might be wondering how we can find the strength to help others in this way consistently. When we seek guidance from God, the Author of love, our hearts become open vessels for love and compassion.


"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."

-Proverbs 11:25


When we choose to refresh and uplift others, we ourselves are refreshed in the process. It's like a beautiful cycle of positivity and love that has the power to transform not only the lives of those around us but also our own.


Let’s make it a habit to exercise the muscles of our hearts. Look for opportunities to lift someone's spirit whenever we can. Remember, it doesn't have to be grand gestures; even the smallest acts of kindness can create a ripple effect of joy and hope.


If you need help determining ways that you can use your God-given gifts to help others, use my Abundant Purpose Journal to explore the deeper parts of who you are.


The Ripple Effect: What Does Helping Others Look Like?


How can you can make a difference in someone's life and be an answer to their prayer? I want to share a powerful truth with you: "You can be an answer to someone's prayer by meeting a need."


Think about the people around you—the ones you love, the ones you encounter in your community, or even those you may not know personally but who could use a helping hand. Each person carries their own burdens, struggles, and longings. They may be silently praying for relief, support, or a glimmer of hope.

And guess what? You have the power to respond.


Being an answer to someone's prayer starts with being attentive and compassionate. Take a moment to look beyond your own concerns and observe the needs around you. It could be a friend who is going through a tough time, a neighbor who could use some assistance, or a stranger you come across in your daily routine. Pay attention to the subtle cues—the unspoken cries for help, the weariness in their eyes, or the weight they seem to carry.


Once you identify a need, don't underestimate the impact of your actions, no matter how small they may seem. Even “small” acts of caring such as a smile, a card, a text or phone call, a prayer, encouragement, stopping what you’re doing to help someone else, giving a hug, and listening to someone share their pain without interrupting or trying to fix the situation can make a world of difference to someone in need.


By helping others, you become an instrument of God's love and grace in their lives.


Open your eyes and your heart to the needs around you. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and be present for those who are silently praying for help. You have been uniquely equipped with gifts, talents, and resources that can make a tangible difference in someone's life.


Let compassion guide your actions and love be the motivation behind them. Extend kindness, generosity, and empathy wherever you go. Be intentional about being an answer to someone's prayer, and watch how your small acts of service and love can have a ripple effect, touching lives in ways you never imagined.


Let’s make it our daily mission to leave more love deposits in the people around us through simple acts of caring and helping others. It brings light into dark places and hope grows.


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Dr. Richelle Hoekstra-Anderson is an Abundant Life and Business Coach. Her coaching utilizes a variety of tools to help you gain clarity on how you are designed for significance. When you come to understand and appreciate your unique design, you create the mindset to help you meet current challenges and live an abundant life. Ultimately, you gain new insight and learn the skills needed to create a confident life of peace, balance, and joy.

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