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SOUL ISSUES: Happy for a Lifetime 

Rev Liz Petipren

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 it. 

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 “Holy.” 

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 time. 

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.” 

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