What gives us most satisfaction? It is interesting to note that while there is considerable focus on material gain and personal advancement, most of us would reflect that we have often gained greater satisfaction from those times where we have met the needs of others. Having a sense of purpose and living for something beyond ourselves is an important part of personal wellbeing. We are wired to be in community together, serving the needs of others.
It can be a challenge to let go of ourselves and respond to the needs of the people we encounter on a daily basis. This is modelled powerfully in the Bible where Jesus chose to wash the feet of the disciples at a time where He knew they would betray Him. Despite this, Jesus was fully present, attending to the needs of those nearest Him. Being fully tuned to the immediate needs of those we encounter, helps us to be present and open to opportunities to do small everyday things that can make a huge difference. Sharing a smile, gentle acknowledgement or helping hand, might just make a powerful difference in someone’s day.