6/10/13

A Lamp Full: Service

Fill your minds with truth. Fill your hearts with love.
Fill your lives with service.
Thomas S. Monson
 
 
 
 
Fill your lamps with service!
 
This is the house that Jack built. 
 
 
This is the field that holds the roof that was on the house that Jack built.
 
 
These are the youth who cleaned up the timbers and shingles and siding
from the field that holds the roof that was on
 the house that Jack built.
 
 
And this is the mom all sweaty and hot that just loves the
youth who cleaned up the timbers and shingles and siding
from the field that (no longer) holds the roof that was on
the house that Jack built.
(I especially love that precious one next to me.) 


We were in good company on Sunday as we did a small part to aid members of our community who were affected by tornadoes in May.

I am so impressed by the stories of good people who have come long distances to aid their fellow countrymen. We met a large youth group from Michigan who traveled all night on a bus to help clean out the belongings of an elderly woman in a community near to mine. They will return again this week to tear what is left of the home down by hand.

We met a man from California, who when he heard about the destruction, took time off of work and flew to Oklahoma for a few weeks to spend each day picking up debris for complete strangers.

This work is not fun. Picking up parts of people's lives and stuffing them in trash bags is hard. It is tedious. It is overwhelming, and for those of us who have been through this before, it is emotionally difficult.

So, why do we do it? Why do people serve when it is rarely convenient, often difficult, and it is just so darn hot? We do it because it is who we are. Because there is no better way to emulate the Savior here on this earth. We are never closer to Him than we are when we are serving His children.
His entire purpose for coming to earth was service. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He fed the multitudes. He ministered to the outcast. We will never be more like Him then when we are serving those for whom He give His very life.

There are blessings from service too. The blessing I received this past week was to go from home to home offering service to the downtrodden. And what did they do for me? They gave me hope. We never once met a person who was not smiling. Their homes were in rubble behind them, yet they were laughing and joking and smiling. What a gift it was for me and my young son to see the hope in the hearts of the people of Oklahoma. Their gift to me was greater than anything I did for them.

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matt 25:40

How do we develop a love of service?
  • Study the life of Jesus Christ. His example will inspire you.
  • Pray for charity, the pure love of Christ.
  • Just do it. Drop what you are doing. Roll up your sleeves and go to work.  It never fails that when I am feeling down and picked on, if I help someone else, my spirit is lifted. The best remedy for anger, for depression, for sorrow is lifting the hands of those who hang down.
We can not borrow service from another. We have to experience it ourselves. It is not enough to sit and watch others do the work and hope to gain the prize. We must have our own lamps filled with the gift of service so that we can serve God by serving others.

If you enjoyed this post, I invite you to read the others in my Monday series: A Lamp Full. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. I love hearing from all who support faith, family, and freedom of religion.

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7 comments:

  1. Yes, we must be filled so that we can pour out blessings and help onto others. Your post is a beautiful reminder of how much we gain by serving in addition to how important our help is to others.

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  2. Wonderful, wonderful, how I wish I was physically able to get out and do what you are doing. We were just in Oklahoma last fall and to hear of the devastation is heartbreaking. As a former missionary to the Baltic countries, thank you for going and giving. I would give anything to be able to be up and "doing" again. Now my ministry is through writing, and prayer of course :) God is in control of all things. You will be in my prayers!
    nannette
    www.hopeinthehealing.com

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    1. Thanks Nannette for your kind words. They are a service to me. There are so many ways we can be of service. Up and doing is wonderful, but so is changing the world with words. Keep that up!

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  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing on Thriving Thursdays :)

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  4. Just started following you on facebook. There is nothing like filling your life with serving others. I found you on inspire me Monday. If you would like to check out my blog, feel free:
    http://mydevotionalthoughts.net

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  5. My husband has always said, "we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus." Great lessons for the kids too! This sounds amazing! Thanks so much for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place again this week!!

    Sue @ Thet2women.com

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  6. Y'all have such good hearts! :)

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