How many times have you walked by someone that was in need but didn't stop to help or thought should I help them? I know I have and have regretted that decision later, thinking to myself, why didn't I stop? Most of the time it's out of fear on our part or not sure how that person will react to your help.
I'm bringing this up as I prepare our Family Home Evening lesson. With the new school year in full swing I feel that my son is now old even to understand the importance of service. So here are some of my notes from my lesson that I wanted to share.
- Why should we serve?
It's a commandment, Love Thy Neighbor
The Savior is the perfect example of service, that we can draw from
Not only is it a commandment, but we are blessed when we serve. Our love for our neighbors grows. We shouldn't just serve our neighbors but also our family. I've learned this principle in marriage. There were times when I was not happy with my marriage, and it was because I was to focused on me and not serving my husband. When I learned to put him first I found a greater deeper love for him than I could ever imagine!
I found a talk from President Monson in where he gives 3 simple steps to serve.
1. Decide to serve
2. Reach out
3. Look to the Savior
We should all strive to be like the Good Samaritan in the Luke. He didn't care that the man laying on the side of road was of a different race, belief or color. All he saw was someone that needed to be taken care of. We shouldn't care of what other will think, only what the Lord will think.
After mentioning that story the Hymn Have I Done Any Good comes to mind.
Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad or made someone feel glad? If not I have failed indeed.
Has anyone's burden been lighter today because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
Then wake up and do something more than dream of your mansion above
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure
A blessing of duty and love.
So I challenge each of you to find that someone to serve and I promise you feel the love of the Savior in your life.