Early in my public practice of Christian Science, I had an experience that proved helping others helps you.
I was sitting at my desk but not feeling well one day. The phone rang, which was likely someone calling for prayer help with some type of physical ailment.
My inner voice argued loudly, “You can’t help this person. You are sick yourself!” But I couldn’t sit there and let the phone ring. Someone was reaching out for help, to me, and I needed to respond. It would have been selfish to not answer.
I picked up the phone and it was a person suffering, in pain, and in much worse condition than I was.
My heart went out to God in prayer for help, and I voiced the spiritual truth that I heard. I lost myself in the conversation. We talked for a couple of minutes. When I hung up the phone, I was healed. There was no more sickness, no more pain in my body. And the patient had rapid healing too.
And then I realized that helping others is helping you. The two work together. When you bless another, you bless yourself, for giving is receiving.
So, don’t ever let mortal mind beat you down with feelings of inadequacy or lack of worthiness. You are worthy! God is the healer, and all you have to do is open the windows of thought a little crack to let some light through. You can do that! And that light, even if it seems small, can be just the right amount to lighten up a dark corner of someone else’s life. And lighten yours too.