Sunday, May 23, 2010

Taught by Charity Wolf
President Monson

The Savior taught His disciples, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”
I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives.

Often we live side by side but do not communicate heart to heart....

I am confident it is the intention of each member of the Church to serve and to help those in need. At baptism we covenanted to “bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light.”

How many times has your heart been touched as you have witnessed the need of another?

How often have you intended to be the one to help?

And yet how often has day-to-day living interfered and you’ve left it for others to help, feeling that “oh, surely someone will take care of that need.”

We become so caught up in the busyness of our lives.

Were we to step back, however, and take a good look at what we’re doing, we may find that we have immersed ourselves in the “thick of thin things.”

In other words, too often we spend most of our time taking care of the things which do not really matter much at all in the grand scheme of things, neglecting those more important causes.

Many years ago I heard a poem which has stayed with me, by which I have tried to guide my life. It’s one of my favorites:
I have wept in the night
For the shortness of sight
That to somebody’s need made me blind;
But I never have yet
Felt a tinge of regret
For being a little too kind.
It is never wrong to be kind and Charity reminded us of all the kindnesses she has seen in the ward:

Fast offerings
Fasting for others
Praying for others
Clothing donations
Phone calls
Face time
Temple work
Moving help
Yard work
Painting parties
Rides to and from church
Lunch dates
Nice notes or e-mails
Letters to missionaries
Service activities
Meals for sisters and families

Keep up the good work, sisters!

And, don't forget to ask yourself and your family every day “What did you do for someone today?”

As Margie reminded us last week, this is what our prophet has asked us to do.

PS - My favorite line when Charity was describing that our kindnesses may not be returned...“It's not going to rain hot cookies at your house or anything.”


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