Did you get to your current position in life solely due to your own endeavors? Or were there people that helped you along the way? The more thought you put into it, the more you realize how much help you have actually received. Every friend that gave you a piece of advice, the people that raised you making you who you are now, every professor that took the time to share their knowledge, every boss who gave you an opportunity to succeed, they all have one thing in common. They all helped you.
So, what is this buffet the title mentions? And why shouldn’t you attend it? Every single person has received help in some form or another. As this is an incredible thing, someone who attends the buffet and pursues help with an “all you can eat” mentality hinders themselves. There is an element of giving back and assisting others that completes us as human beings. As much as I am poured into, I want to pour out into those around me. The most meaningful experiences I’ve had in my 22 years on this planet involve the times that I have put others first and helped them with little to gain from it myself. There is something innate inside of us that desires to serve others. The more you pursue pouring out into others, the more you grow as a person.
I’ve heard it put beautifully using an analogy. The Jordan River can be found in the Middle East and supports the life of many people living around it. It flows through the Sea of Galilee both entering and exiting it. The Sea of Galilee has both an inflow and outflow feature. There is an abundance of life and nature both inside the sea itself and in the surrounding area. It’s a beautiful sight. However, the Jordan River continues on and ends in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea has an inflow feature, but there is no outflow to it. As a result, there is no life in the sea and the surrounding area is barren. Isn’t it funny how these ideas can be seen in nature? The sea with inflows and outflows is full of life, but the sea solely with an inflow is dead; it is literally called the Dead Sea. Likewise, we should be both helped by others and help others. Only receiving help and never helping others leads to a result similar to that of the Dead Sea – barren.
The Bible talks about this in Galatians 5:13. It says “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” How are you doing when it comes to helping those around you? As Anne Frank said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Experiencing humanity to the fullest of its extent involves putting others first and being a source of help to those around us. The more you pursue this idea, the more you will grow as an individual yourself.