We are blessed to live in a great land with many opportunities. It is easy to find good things to center our lives on. However, it is also good to remember to help one another.
As I sit and reflect upon this, I think of one life altering moment that has helped me figure out how to serve in a simple but profound way.
At the time, I was a young mother of a newborn with two more little children. I was having a good day where I was dressed, my hair was combed, the laundry was caught up and even the children’s bedrooms were tidy.
And then it happened. Someone knocked on my door. She knew I had a new baby and thought she could serve me. I remembered hearing a talk in church about how easy it is to serve others, but harder to allow others to serve us. I did not feel I needed help that day but thought, “OK, maybe she needs to serve. I can do this! I will let her in to help me.”
I thought of the breakfast dishes in the sink and the floor that probably had a few well-placed breakfast Cheerios there.
I mentioned those few things and then she shuffled me to “rest” on the couch and “not move a muscle.” She then called her two small children, who had been patiently waiting outside, to come in and help too.
In five minutes, the floor was swept, the dishes were done and they left my home smiling because they had served me.
I felt good… until I walked into each of my children’s rooms. Unbeknownst to her, her children had also “helped” in those rooms. Every toy was scattered around the room.
The beds had been jumped upon in joyous frenzy and covers and pillows were strewn here and there. I reflected on how my once tidy house was no longer the case, but that the Cheerios were swept up and the cereal bowls washed.
Service was provided, but not as expected.
I was blessed to learn two important truths about service from this.
First, it is important to show love to those we serve. Second, as we are serving, we must think how to best meet the needs of those we serve.
This experience from years ago still causes me to reflect each time I serve, whether it be at home, at church or in the community.
I realize that we are not alone in this world. The Lord needs us to be His helping hands. He will help us know what to do and how to truly help one another.
I think of Saul and Ananias of New Testament times. Saul, a great persecutor of the saints in Jerusalem at that time, was on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).
Christ appeared to him and Saul realized he was the Christ. Saul then had a change of heart and asked Him, “What wilt thou have me do?”
He asked and then did what the Lord asked of him.
How simple is that statement to ask what needs to be done and do it? What faith!
As he arose from the ground after seeing Christ, he was blind. He was led to a disciple, Ananias, who learned he was to heal Saul and give him the Holy Ghost. He simply said, “I am here Lord.”
Ready to help. Ready to do what Jesus Christ needs done. Ready to serve when needed.
This causes me to always ask, “How can I now help in the way that is helpful to someone, rather than helping in the way that I think they need help? Can I be ready at any time and place to help?”
Many times, I realize that my way is not the best way. I must rely on the Spirit to guide me, being steadfast in knowing Jesus Christ is an example to follow and will help me know what to do and when to do it.
I also think our community is blessed to have many helping hands that are always busy doing good too. I love to drive down the roads and see so many people in wonderful churches all striving to do good things.
I admire and am grateful for those who consistently try to do good each day, who are often unnoticed but are humble and righteous and simply ask each day, “What wilt thou have me do?” and say “I am here Lord” and then go and do it.
May we all just go and do and remember to show love one to another, each and every day.
Laura Anderson, resident of Summerville, former lab manager, medical technologist, wife, mother of six children, seven grandchildren, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and random volunteer in Summerville and Charleston. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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