Reggie McNeal serves as the missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network—a Dallas-based organization that seeks to activate the church for greater impact in the world. He is the author of Get Off Your Donkey!: Help Somebody and Help Yourself—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. Reggie and his wife, Cathy, live in Columbia, South Carolina.
What he Said … Help Somebody and Help Yourself
Harvey is a retired gentleman who volunteered last year to become a mentor in a local middle school through a tutoring program started by his congregation. His mentoree is John, a young man who had failed eighth grade. It was at that point that Harvey entered the young man's life. Not only has John now finished eighth grade with As and Bs, he's knocking the ball out of the park in ninth grade.
Harvey meets John every Monday morning before school. To say they have become tight friends is too anemic a description. Harvey couldn't even talk to me about his relationship with John without tearing up. When I said that he was obviously making a tremendous contribution to John's life, Harvey began shaking his head side to side. With tears streaming down his face and his lips quivering, he croaked, "What he's doing for me is so much more than anything I'm doing for him!"
Do yourself a favor: help somebody. You won't just be helping them; you will be giving yourself a big break. Because when you help others, you help yourself.