STOP AND THINK – It is one of those beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century American essayist and poet)

Learning to think of others and their needs and desires before we think of our own is a practice of maturity and difficult to achieve. But, as Emerson suggests, there is a benefit in serving others. Our good intentions and actions may bring greater satisfaction and fulfillment to us than even to those we’re helping.

Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up (Romans 15:2).