Service is an important source of happiness. The Lord Jesus defined happiness when He said,
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). True happiness lies not in possessing everything for myself,
but rather in letting others share with me what I possess.
One's happiness is not fulfilled when one has all he needs, but in letting others share what he is enjoying. Lakes are divided into two types: salty lakes and fresh water lakes.
Salty lakes are closed and water pours into them, without an exit; that is they receive but do not give. However, fresh lakes receive and give water; therefore their waters are fresh.
Service gives the soul great happiness. The Lord Jesus clarified this when He illustrated the day of judgment by saying, “I was hungry and you gave Me food I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me” (Matthew 25:35, 36). Happy is the believer who gives spiritual food,
rather than physical one. This leads a person to the Living Fountain, from which, when one drinks, he will never thirst again. Happy is the believer who visits a naked person and offers him clothes,
not to cover his body, but clothes of righteousness which he lacked because of sin. Happy is he who visits a spiritually sick person and introduces him to Jesus to heal him like the four friends who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus.
Happy is he who visits an imprisoned man, who is in bitter captivity to tell him about the One who can liberate him from the dominion of sin. “Whoever commits sin, is a slave of sin. If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:34, 36).
Bishop Youanis of Gharbia