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"Sharing is Good Therapy"

June 25, 2003

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Proverbs 14:21 "He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy."

Dr. William Menninger, noted psychiatrist and practicing Christian, was asked what he would do if he felt he were going to have a breakdown. The unexpected answer was, "I'd take my hat, go to the other side of the tracks, and find somebody who needs help. I'd help him, come home, and forget about the breakdown."

God urges us to share some of what we have from Him, for the good of others. In doing so we benefit also ourselves. God's laws are all for our good. When we ease another's burden, our own becomes lighter, too.

Giving of ourselves and of our possessions to help others, especially the less fortunate, is effective mental and emotional therapy.

The best advice that can be given to one who has lost his way in this confusing and frightening world, who can find no challenging purpose or meaning in life, is to learn to know, love and believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior, the gift of a loving God, and to serve Him by letting His love shine through loving service to God and man. Then life becomes a triumphant adventure to the glory of God.

PRAYER: Ease our anxieties and confusions, O God, as we give of ourselves to ease the burdens of others. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Kings 5-7    Acts 7:44-60

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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