SOUL ISSUES: Happy for a
By Reverend Liz Petipren
I know an accountant
named Lori who has a very successful business but, felt psychologically stressed. She felt that something was
missing in her world, and she tried various therapies and seminars, which helped somewhat. But, she confessed,
she still needed something more to feed her soul.
Awhile later I saw
Lori, and she was glowing. “What have you been up to?” I asked her.
“I have been going to
the city hospital once a week and cuddling babies of mothers with AIDS,” Lori explained. “I find the experience
utterly fulfilling, and I know this is the kind of activity my spirit has been craving.”
Taking good care of
yourself is important, yet life is incomplete unless you find some avenue through which to serve others. There
is a reward in helping someone else that runs far deeper than simply helping yourself.
I have noticed this
principle when I have occasionally taken time off from my everyday responsibilities of work. At first I feel
relieved and glad to have more free time. After a while, however, I become self-involved, thinking about my
personal world to an unhealthy degree. When I get back into my schedule, I feel uplifted and rewarded to support
others to improve their lives. I learned that I need to give help as much as others need to receive
If you are successful
in business, well provided for, or simply bored and frustrated with your life, reaching out to lend a helping
hand may be your next fulfilling step. There is just something about helping someone else that is very
When we think of
someone in a good way we are actually praying with and for that person and benefitting our self’s at the same
Take part in a prayer
vigil on Thursday, September 11, 2014 between 10 am & 2 pm and or join me for a World Day of Prayer evening
meditation beginning at 7 pm. By attending you will be joining
thousands of other people, from all faiths, in praying for world peace.
Affirmation: “I find deep joy and fulfillment in
supporting others. Their happiness becomes my own.”