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How to Experience Deeper Fulfillment in Your Life
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Galatians 5:13 (ɴᴋᴊᴠ)
In our society, we’re told we’ve got to dream big, make big money, and run a big organization to be successful. Certainly, all those things are grand if they are God’s assignment for you. But when they’re not—and even if they are—we should never forsake little acts of love that are valuable and priceless to Christ. These little gestures prove our love for God—and others—is real. And they are not insignificant. These little sacrifices, when accumulated, come back to us, filling our hearts with joy and shaping our characters into something noble.
When I consider the moments when I have experienced the most fulfillment springing from love and joy, they haven’t been when I have stood before a crowd to give a presentation. They haven’t been when I have received a promotion or a new book deal. They have been when God allowed me to serve a sick friend, mentor a little girl, or visit a nursing home. Through these big, little acts of love, I have learned excitement often comes from accomplishments, but feelings of deep joy are a by-product of serving others with God’s love.
Expressing God’s love in little ways has become more important to me because I failed so miserably at it in the past. Because I wanted to accomplish something great for God, I often dismissed the smaller opportunities to express His love to others. Because I was so busy, I didn’t have time to listen to someone’s story. Because my daily to-do list left me without margin, I didn’t have time to put even a birthday card in the mail. I became self-focused.
Now I know I am more fulfilled focusing on serving those around me than I was when I was only interested in doing something big for God. If you want to experience greater joy, determine to implement little acts of love that sometimes seem insignificant.