«With goodwill doing service.. knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord» (Ephesians 6:7, 8).
Volunteering implies service activities that lead to significant benefits. It consists of the free decision to render service to others without any external compulsion improves the situation of individuals or communities with problems needs. The benefits are immediate for the one being helped and can even extend to the helper.
A group of American researchers lead by Clark Campbell, discovered that there a link between the participation of medical students in short missionary services their daily stress levels at work. After only ten days of voluntary service, students displayed decreased levels of stress, which lasted for the subsequent six months of regular work. Volunteers who were interviewed by by Liz O’Brien and her partners in England and Scotland, reported significant benefits to their physical and mental state as well as a reduction of their stress levels. Likewise, Emily Greenfield Nadine Marks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discovered that being involved in some type of volunteer work fostered psychological well-being. What of volunteer work can lead to better health?
A publication of the American Psychological Association (APA) suggested that reasons for serving others can make a difference. Examining part of a study caried out in 1957 in Wisconsin, researchers distinguished two groups: (a) those who participated in volunteer activities in order to feel better about themselves or escape their own problems, and (b) those who had done it simply to help others. noticed that the group who had done it for altruistic reasons showed a three times lower rate of mortality than those who had done it for their own benefit. This could mean that the reasons for participating in volunteer services can have a significant impact, even on life expectancy.
In Other words, volunteer services are full of benefits. Whether they are short, medium or long-term benefits, volunteering can be a blessing to the volunteer. Just make sure that when you provide service to others, you don t focus on yourself. If genuinely help those in need, you will be greatly blessed when you least expect The promise is clear, «with goodwill doing service . . knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord» (Ephesians 6:7, 8).