“Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad? And made someone feel glad? If not I have failed indeed.”
What have you done to serve someone else in the last week? Ask yourself, “Have I done any good in the world?” If you are feeling down or sadden by the world, if you are feeling like you haven’t made an impact on anyone…lift your head and trodden down shoulders, because most likely you have. Many of you have helped me! My family and I have been the recipients of wonderful and amazing acts of service. Some acts have been large and more grand and others small, yet very meaningful. How can you have small successes in your life? What has an impact on others, but you as well? What can bring us the most sincere joy? SERVICE!
I’ve been on the receiving end of many wonderful acts of service over the last two months and I thought I’d share a few touching stories and examples of how charity (service) really is the pure love of Christ.
One of the first instances of service rendered to us, that sticks out in my mind, since the accident, is the birthday party thrown at the hospital for Kaya. She had just lost her daddy and sister to a car accident three days prior. I’m sure her little heart felt alone and heavy. I was confined to a hospital bed and unable to make any kind of birthday preparations. The highway patrolman, who helped us the day of the accident, and their wives, saw a need. They saw a little girl broken hearted and alone. They saw a need… and they acted.
They purchased all kinds of wonderful gifts and brought them to the party. They even arranged for Anna and Elsa, from the movie Frozen, to make an appearance….and from what I hear, they were the big hit….Kaya loved them!
Other family and friends went out of their way to decorate a dull hospital conference room and turn it into a bright yellow party room. I have friends who made cakes and went shopping for birthday presents for me. The hospital staff was beyond accommodating and supportive of having so many ‘visitors’. Each individual who helped plan the party or who came to support and love Kaya made a huge impression on her. They made an even bigger impression on her broken down mother….I couldn’t celebrate my sweet daughter’s birthday, but others saw a need…and they acted. Thank you.
It’s pretty difficult remembering the responsibilities your husband once had…and doing them. Taking out the garbage Wednesday nights, so that it can be picked up the next morning, is one of his responsibilities that I forget weekly. Never fear though…my kind neighbors often see a need…and they act. They will take my garbage out for me or bring it back into the house once it has been emptied. Thank you dear neighbors…for your small, yet meaningful acts of service.
Waking up at 6:30am to an alert on your phone, may seem annoying to some, but to me…it’s comforting. It means someone is thinking about me. It means someone had an impression to contact me, they see a need…and they act. I get all kinds of sweet texts or phone calls throughout the day from friends, family, and neighbors who are inspired to reach out to me. They see a need…and they act.
Several days ago I woke up to a message from my sweet brother. He had an impression to send me a scripture…at 4am! Even though I’m sure he was tired and would have loved to save his impression until morning, he didn’t, he saw a need…and he acted. I didn’t get his message right away, but when I woke up that morning I saw the scripture and it was just what I needed to hear. Mornings are usually hard for me and waking up to a bit of inspiration made a hard morning a little less hard. Thank you dear brother for seeing a need…and acting. I sure love you.
Who doesn’t like getting mail…well the fun kind of mail?! It seems as if almost every day for the last month, we get fun mail! Kaya is so excited to run out to the mailbox and see who has sent us a note. Something as simple as a card or note has made our days that much brighter. From a mother’s perspective, there is nothing better than seeing a smile on your child’s face…opening up ‘fun’ mail puts that smile on Kaya’s face. Many of you often see a need…and act on it. Thank you.
I could probably write a 100 page article on all the many wonderful acts of service we have been blessed to be a part of! Many of you, who have seen our needs and acted, have made two people’s life a little better, a little happier, and a little brighter. Words will never accurately describe how much we appreciate your service and charity. Thank you.
Being on the receiving end of some awesome charitable acts has made me want to pay it forward. Often times, before the accident, service was something I knew was important, but my attitude toward it was negative.
Service should be something to welcome and celebrate. I know it is the way the Lord works to touch and help others. Service warms our hearts, when do it with a positive attitude. I guarantee that having a charitable attitude toward others will bless you. You will see more everyday success. You will have a positive impact on others, as well as yourself, and you will have sincere joy. Just remember… if you see a need…ACT…that’s what makes all the difference.