I’ve been going to church since I was very young since most of my family members are part of a church community. I speak from experience about what I feel as beneficial about being part of a faith community. I wouldn’t say that I am super religious. I am just a practical person who happens to have my own beliefs about my faith without the intention of influencing others to any particular religion.
I believe that being actively part of a faith community can improve one’s life in several ways.
It Creates Relationships With Supportive Individuals. Through the church group or community, you can create friendships and build bonds with people who have gone through or are going through similar journeys as you. They help you keep yourself focused on the direction that you want to go, which hopefully is towards the better road. You have people you can call when you’re facing difficulty or establish social connections.
You Have A Consistent Place To Contemplate Or Recover. Being part of a faith community means having a place of solace where you can go and replenish yourself when you’re drained, lonely, or need some comfort. A place of spirituality nurtures a sense of identity and belongingness.
It Engages You To Do Ministry Work. As a church member, this allows you to share your blessings with others in the form of ministry work. This will help you improve your social, team, and leadership skills as you continue to meet different kinds of people and share your faith with them. Most importantly, it instills a good character that you can be proud of.
You Have A Ready Place To Get Married Or Christen Your Kids With Divine Blessings. For someone like me, who’s been loving and living the church life, I must get married in a church surrounded by the people who matter to me. I feel so blessed, safe, and happy. Soon, my babies will be baptized in the community church that I am a part of.
You Have A Community That You Can Run To For Personal Or Financial Need. This is true in that most faith community members have instilled in them kindness and generosity so much so that they would be willing to help financially. Financial problems are not rare, especially with families who are struggling. Needless to say, you are also encouraged to do the same when your fellow church members need your help as well.
You Can Honor Your Dead Loved Ones Knowing That You Can Pray For Them With The Community. All of us want to honor our loved ones’ past lives appropriately, without having to think where to have the funeral. There is usually a group or committee assigned to these things, such as taking care of the logistics, schedule of prayers and services, etc. Mourning won’t be as lonely.
My years of experience of being a faith community member have only given me more than I can ask for. I want that for you too.
It has been a well-known fact that giving is the key to happiness. Up until today, research continually supports the idea that giving one’s time, effort, skills, and treasures is a great way to finding meaning, overcoming trials, and discovering one’s fulfillment and purpose in life. It is true what Winston Churchill once said – “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Here are some great reminders to ourselves why giving is so vital in changing our lives for the better.
Giving Makes Us Feel Happy. When we share our time, money, and effort with others, we somehow become ecstatic, and our mood improves. This is apparently because when we do good, we typically feel good. It’s innate.
Being Generous Improves Our Mental Health. Our lives are a collection of habits, they say. What we practice doing, and what we are used to doing daily becomes the person that we are, the beliefs that we stand for, and the characters that we portray. If we strive to give something of ourselves every day, generosity becomes part of who we are as humans. Ultimately, if the world were filled with kind and generous individuals, wouldn’t it be a better place to live in?
Giving Helps Us Move On With Life. As humans, we are innately social beings, and we thrive and survive taking care of each other. Giving is somehow part of that survival journey that we go through. Even when we share water and food with others, we are moving forward with life with kindness and generosity. We wouldn’t survive this world if we lived with greed. Through sharing, we are indeed helping each other survive and live longer.
Giving Improves The Relationships We Have. Giving and sharing with others strengthen our existing relationships and builds new ones. It’s because kindness and generosity make us see people in a positive light while encouraging a sense of fellowship and community, a social as well as a personal connection with others.
Making Giving A Habit
We should encourage each other to be generous to enjoy generosity’s benefits mentioned above. So how do we do that? Keep these reminders in mind.
Stay committed to making it a habit. Once you decide to practice generosity, commit to include it into your daily routine. Start with daily then progress to weekly and monthly.
Don’t make it complicated. It’s okay if you’re having difficulty changing. It doesn’t happen entirely in a day, so don’t overdo it and don’t take too much responsibility. Do things simply so you’ll have an easier time incorporating it into your routine. You can start by choosing a student in the school that you can share your food with.
Learn to appreciate other people’s generosity. Although we would love to give and feel good about it, others might be trying to do the same. Learn to recognize their gesture by saying thank you and accepting their generosity as well. This is also the right way for you to discover other means of giving.
Be empathic. This is such a profound and robust feeling, as it involves the ability to understand someone’s situation by trying to be in his or her place – ‘trying to be in his or her shoes.’ Soon you will realize that you don’t need to feel their pain or other hurting emotions they’re going through.
As we keep in mind the health benefits and how giving can make a change in our lives, we would like to pose a challenge to you today. Think of someone you can share your blessings with – and start giving.