Be a Blessing
By Hannah Keeley
No matter how much effort you put into your life, you will never be truly fulfilled until you pour yourself out into the lives of others. Need is everywhere, and true greatness occurs when you are able to give of yourself. It may sound odd, but one way to make sure that your needs are continually being met its to continually try to meet the needs of others.
It’s so much easier to…
…lift yourself up if you are focused on lifting up others in the process.
You are not playing this game of life solo. We’re all on the same team. Moms are intrinsically aware of this fact because we can easily go from morning to night without giving a single thought to our own care and keeping. But true selflessness does not translate to putting yourself dead last. On the contrary, selflessness happens when you are able to be a totally fulfilled individual and then let that energy pour out into the lives of those around you. It’s true with everyone. We can be more for our children, our husbands, our friends, and the world around us when we are more for ourselves. And when we are living up to our full potential, that’s when we truly have something to offer this world.
You may think that you have little to offer. The needs are so great out there, and you are only one person. Recall the beauty of a starlit night. The sky would be awfully bleak without any stars, but as each one glimmers in the night sky, the heavens become jeweled with glory. Be a jewel in this world by pouring out your blessings to the world around you. You can do anything – whether it’s tutoring kids, volunteering in a soup kitchen, or shopping for elderly people. Find something you can do and do it.
It takes a certain amount of trust to let go of our time, money, energy, and possessions. But life works in a fluid manner. Blessings cannot pool up and stagnate. If they do, they are not longer blessings, but trappings. If you really want to be blessed, then be a blessing. When you do, you will experience fulfillment of supernatural proportions. If you try to hold on to things, you are left feeling empty. But if you let go and give of yourself, then you will feel totally and completely full. You fill up by pouring out!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!