Today's Faith-Filled Friday was inspired by one of my favorite print shops: Naptime Diaries. Not only do they make gorgeous art, but the husband and wife team are also planting a new church. They're basically amazing.
Since they were having a sale and I can't resist a great sale on amazing letterpress art, I just had to buy some for the baby's room. They have beautiful and fun art designed around meaningful Bible passages. They also have note cards and lots of other things. However, one of the gorgeous note cards had the following on it:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. - Philippians 2:3-4Earlier this week, I was at the Woman's Club watching a documentary on happiness. It was amazing how it's the little things that make people happy once their basic needs are met. Compassion, helping others, being around others, and sharing were all sources of joy.
My mom is apt to say that "What's wrong with the world today is the constant 'ME' that people focus on. The world is full of too many people that put themselves first." I am fortunate to know a lot of people who break this mold and are givers. They give their time, money and talents to help others and make the world a better place.
Now, where would a person get the idea to help others? Perhaps from the ONE who has done it all for us? God gives us undying love, compassion and help. He shares everything with us including his one and only son who died for us so that we might share in eternal life. He is always near us whether we need him desperately or when we don't realize that we need him desperately. And really, when don't we need God?
Let's all take time to be happy by modeling after the God who loves us so much that he gives us the best example of all to be happy givers!