A few weeks back, a friend stumbled upon a story that resonated deeply with our team at Heartwork. Naturally, we could not resist sharing an illustration about how “our happiness lies in the happiness of other people.” As with every analogy, this one is imperfect, but nonetheless thought provoking. So, read along and tell us what you think!

Once, while a group of 500 people were attending a seminar, the speaker suddenly stopped and decided to do a group activity. He gave each person a balloon and then asked them to write their name on it using a marker. The balloons were collected and put in another room. The group of 500 were led into the balloon-filled room and given five minutes to find the balloon with their name written on it. The crowd frantically searched for their name, colliding with one another, pushing their way through the chaos. Five minutes came and went and not one person found their own balloon. So, the speaker asked each person to choose any balloon, find the person to whom it belonged, and give it to them. Sure enough, in less than five minutes, everyone had their own balloon. The activity wound down and the speaker took stage once again. He began, “This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is, but our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness and you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life…the pursuit of happiness.”

While we do believe the purpose of human life is to follow Jesus and join Him in the restoration of our broken world, we could not agree more that we find life by spending ourselves in behalf of others. I hope this story encourages you to step back from frantic searching and look for an opportunity to serve someone.

What are some ways you’ve found this to be true? We’d love to hear!