“God gave us His Word to show us how to live. He intended that we should live for Him and live for others, not just for ourselves. True, circumcised, godly joy comes from serving God and serving others. The fruit of the Spirit and a life devoted to servanthood – these are the true marks of God’s ownership.”
from “Friend of God, the Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith” by Ray C. Stedman
God did not do this to make us miserable. He did it so that we could be fulfilled, and live meaningful lives. Helping others can bring us much more joy and contentment than we would have if we only considered ourselves.