Volunteer somewhere! It could be anywhere! Whether you have to travel to do it, or set up a date to do it, make it set in stone to step out for the people around you.

Think of the last time you handed out food at a local homeless shelter or walked a couple miles for a specific cause. Think of all the lives that were impacted by just a small amount of help on your part.  Even a smile can turn a day around.

I remember in high school, I would join my church youth group in volunteering at a neighborhood carnival. I can still see families leave with hands full of groceries and smiles on their faces who only hours earlier came in arguing and upset.  It's amazing how a couple hours in the sun could make such a difference in the lives of so many.  It was very hot that day but there is just something about putting the needs of others above your own; your worries seem to shrink.

Philippians 2:4 says, "Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." God designed us to be fulfilled while selflessly serving others.  Is there a place in your area that is in need of volunteers? It can be a pregnancy care center or a local food pantry that is in need of a few more hands on deck.  Every little bit helps and you are appreciated more that you know!

Henry Ford said, "To do more for the world than the world does for you - that is success."

Lauren Deal

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