Do you Believe in Magic?

Do you Believe in magic?

Can I tell you a secret?  It’s really NOT a secret, but it seems to escape so many people, that it almost feels like inside information.

Serving others is a balm for your soul.

Seriously, it’s the “magic” cure for a complaining spirit.

The day after the U.S. presidential election I woke up with a political hangover.  After staying up all night to watch the election returns, and listening to the pundits and so-called “experts”  discuss the ins and outs of the political game, I was feeling very…umm….introspective – just a little downhearted about the spirit of division, and the philosophical divide that separates “right” and “left” in this country – and what that says about the state of our union, and more importantly – our hearts. I was concerned for the future – for my children’s  future, and my family’s future.  I was frustrated about the gloating and moping I was hearing/reading from my friends whose candidate had won or lost. And I just felt blue.

But, life had to go on.  I had a busy day scheduled.  On my crazy agenda for the day was;   1.) Home school my boys  2.) Clean my house  3.) run errands 4.) Direct a public school Christmas choir rehearsal 5.)  Make AND deliver beef stew and french bread to a church member recovering from surgery, and 6.) Host three families and their children in our home for dinner and a Bible study/discussion about parenting in today’s world.  I’m tired just typing all that.  🙂

After the last person left my house, and my husband and I managed getting our hyped-up boys to bed, (much too late),  I sat down for the first time since morning.  And, yes – I’m tired…but I’m just sayin…..I feel better.  Less worried.  Less despondent.  Less discouraged.   Instead, I feel renewed.  I feel energized.  And I feel a sense of hope in the power of real and true relationships with others – the kind Jesus taught us about.

For even the Son of man came not to BE served, but to serve others, and give his life a ransom for many.  (Matthew 20:28)

There’s just SOMETHING about serving, and physically DOING things for others that makes you feel better.   I promise.  Try it sometime.

In this broken world, it’s easy to be discouraged about things.  Wars, rumors of wars, and natural disasters surround us.  Just this past week, we’ve seen the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast part of our country.  Many struggle with debt, or are having to work harder and harder to make family life work – spouses are traveling and working more, mommies who previously stayed home full-time  are having to get jobs to make ends meet, and culturally, it often feels that the onslaught of values which don’t match mine come from every angle.   In this world, it can be an easy to fall into the trap of our emotions, and get downtrodden and disheartened.

I’m suggesting a better way.

When you have that moment – that feeling of doom and gloom – stop looking down, and look around.   Find someone to serve. (You won’t have to look very far).   Purpose to do something for the good of another.  The world will instantly become a brighter place.  I love the quote that says, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” (James Barrie – creator of Peter Pan.

It’s like magic.  Good, Old-Fashioned “magic.”

That Jesus guy knew what he was doing.

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