Serving Others Despite A Busy Life

I have been thinking a lot lately about serving others. At this stage in my life, it feels impossible to reach outside the needs of my own little family that demands so much, to others that might be in need. However, I believe that the Lord expects so much more of each of us.

In the book, Daughters in My Kingdom, there is a quote by George Albert Smith that states, “Our eternal happiness will be in proportion to the way that we devote ourselves to helping others.” When you really think about that statement, it is hard not to feel inadequate and like we have so much more that we can be doing. No matter how difficult our own life’s circumstances may be.

It is not to say that we should sacrifice our responsibilities to our own families to help others. In fact, I think that would be contrary to the Lord’s will also. Our families have to come first. That is our most important calling. That is our responsibility above everything else. However, can we ask ourselves at the end of the day, “Did I spend all my time wisely?” or “Could I have sacrificed something more to help someone else?”

My Father in Law is a good example of always being there for others in their time of need. His favorite thing to do is to help someone else out, and get something productive done. He will most likely never look back at his life and think he was a time waster. That is true. He is a good example of staying busy, but staying busy doing good and important things.

John Taylor said, “Our feelings toward the world of mankind, generally, ought to be the same as Jesus manifested to them. He sought to promote their welfare, and our motto ought ever to be the same as His was-‘peace on earth good will to men'”

Christ did devote his entire life to teaching, helping, healing, and loving mankind. It is our responsibility to find little ways that we can do the same.

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at www.fakingpictureperfect.wordpress.com

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