Dear Windermere Friends,
Windermere is a happy place.
As the leader of this ministry I stay pretty busy. Sometimes I have to just get out of the office and go see people. This week, we have our busiest week of the summer. Over 1400 people are on the campus. Needless to say it can be stressful.
What I noticed though was how happy some of our volunteers were from Second Baptist, Springfield. All the volunteers were faithful and working hard. There is a husband and wife who seem to me to be tireless working the serving line. There was one very sweet family (Father, mother, 2 boys and one girl) who are serving in the dining hall, cleaning, moving trays, etc. and all of them are just smiling and enjoying life! All of these servants are a tremendous blessing to Windermere.
I said to myself, I need to have what these folks have. Here are four lessons about happiness from the great folks at Second Baptist Church, Springfield….
- Serving together as a tight knit group of friends makes for happy people. By serving together the group serves as a support system. Second Baptist
folks work hard and they tease each other, laugh and keep up with each other. I think during their off times they must have a great time debriefing the day. I call that true koinonia which is a Bible term for Christian fellowship.
- Giving of self creates happiness. Part of Second’s group was able to clear out the path to our Spring Valley amphitheater. I had a great conversation about the beauty of this little known spot on our campus. The happiness was vibrant on his face during the whole conversation. Studies are very clear, by giving and organizing your brain around helpful activities your brain secretes the same chemicals as it does when eating good food. You mean volunteering and good food go together. Wow, those brain chemicals must be flooding!
- Getting out of the comparison game leads to happiness. Second Baptist serves with a clear focus. No distractions. There is no idleness and no comparisons about what everyone is doing or not doing. That is such an important lesson. I need to remember that one, every week. Stop comparing. It only leads to unrest. Knowing the goal and pursuing it is a fun journey.
- Stretching ourselves leads to happiness. Activity for activity’s sake is not what I am talking about. I think the term engagement more describes what I am talking about. We have to “get out of our comfort zone.” I think when folks are taking a risk to stretch themselves there is a sense of “I am doing something significant.” The model demonstrated by Second Baptist is a prime example. People of all ages are happier when they can stretch themselves. It’s fun.
Thank you Second Baptist for showing me how to be a happier person! Pray for Windermere today.
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611