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There is Healing in Serving

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Shulanda J. Hastings

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Ambassador Shulanda

Shulanda J. Hastings is an inspirational writer, Christian counselor and an ambassador to the faith-based community; helping them break mental health barriers. She is the author of the Beauty of My Thorns novel series and of the memoirs, Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind.

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“And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” Exodus 23:25, KJV

Yesterday, as we commemorated the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many were compelled to serve. Community service is great for humanity. It humbles us. It evokes us to be more compassionate to the needs of others. It causes communities to thrive.

It is therapeutic.

As one who has served two terms under the umbrella of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal service agency, I had the opportunity to serve in different capacities and touch diverse groups of people; all ages, all backgrounds, all ethnicity groups. It helped to scope my perspective of community, volunteerism and service in a remarkable way.

When I had the awesome task of developing a chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, coordinating the after school activities and recruiting volunteer tutors, I was able to see myself in the eyes of the children while viewing from the eyes of my teachers and mentors who had done the same for me. Another assignment included organizing disaster relief volunteers on the same day that hurricanes had intercepted life in the Deep South. There were challenges in all of my assignments and I had my own life struggles while serving others, but it was something about giving back and anticipating the work.

It is healing.

If you navigate with me for a moment in the Spirit Realm, you will see how serving in the natural is applicable there also.

Assuming you are a Believer, one who believes in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, do you recall serving and worshiping God while storms were erupting in your life? You had to make an effort to push past being fixated on your problems so that you could get to the altar of God. You naturally craved worship and He was there graciously waiting on you because He craved the same thing.

Serving God is helping others.

After you had your divine encounter, and your problems were still there, God sent someone in your path that was also in need. Did you rise to the challenge or did you shy away from the opportunity?

Our ability to serve is not based upon our condition or circumstance.

When we are not devoted to serving; intentionally seeking opportunities, we deprive ourselves of healing. Whether it is emotional healing, physical healing or mental healing, God is waiting for us to serve Him by serving others. He has declared that He will bless us; provide for us, and heal us.

There is healing in your serving. Will you serve today?


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