A middle aged woman died this week. She was a friend of mine.
Her husband died 5 yrs before. She loved him. She wanted more than anything to be reunited with him and Jesus.
She left 2 sons behind. One outwardly despised her. The other, outwardly loved her. She left what she had to the 2nd son. She left with him a handful of requests.
When she died the 1st son went to see his mother one last time. The 2nd son announced that he had no intention of following through with his mother’s wishes.
I came away with greater respect for the 1st son. Although he had almost no relationship with his mother, he was open about it. He didn’t mislead anyone.
The other son pretended to be a lover his mother, but ultimately betrayed her wishes. All to preserve more dollars for himself. Even when he was acting like he was the “good son”, it was to promote himself in the eyes of others. In a word, it was selfish.
So when all the dust settles, the mother will not have any of her wishes met, the 1st son will be left with regret, and the 2nd son has the small inheritance all to himself. It would appear that the 2nd son won.
But the reality is this: His life is empty. He will be right back where he was, only without his mother, in a very short time. The money will be gone. He will be alone.
You see a selfish life is an empty life. Jesus said that it was more blessed to give than to receive. It is true. While it brings happiness to be honored with things given to us, we are fulfilled only when we serve others. We find meaning only in helping and ministering to others.
Are you feeling empty inside? The best prescription is to get outside of yourself. Stop looking inwardly. Find someone to pour yourself into. Help someone. Give to someone. I promise that you will find joy and meaning immediately. God will bless you.