Who needs healing? In a study of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers formed two groups. One group had people who met weekly to learn coping skills and another group with people who met monthly and received support from another person with multiple sclerosis. The goal was to see which group fared better, those learning coping skills or those hearing from another MS sufferer.
The surprise finding was that neither group fared as well as did the five MS sufferers who had been trained to offer support! The study found that giving support improved health more than receiving it. The Lord Jesus Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35) This lesson is very close to my heart because I also have MS. Though it has not taken over my body yet, I love when I can forget about it, and that happens when I am focusing on others instead of my fears of the future.
Who suffers from depression, self-confidence, and self-esteem issues? These five MS sufferers felt a dramatic change in how they viewed themselves and life after offering support to fellow sufferers. If I remember correctly, we all suffer from the same disease. Sin and its painful symptoms are eventually lethal but the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23).
As dedicated radio people, we are conduits of encouragement to thousands around the world bringing the hope of Jesus to people hurting from the disease of sin. We suffer as well but like the MS sufferers, who had been trained to offer support, we can receive more benefit from the giving of encouragement through our radio stations, because it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Our nervous system is wired to find satisfaction – and discover our own well-being – by seeking the best for our listeners.
PD/Morning Show Host for 88.3 The Journey & CMB Gold Member