Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Doing good

"At the end of each day, may we be able to say yes to the questions: 'Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?' (Hymns, no. 223)" --M. Russell Ballard

So today I watched the video that I just posted. I've been hearing it quoted a lot in church lately and I really like it. God designed us to work together. We can't make it by ourselves. We need God and we need each other. That's why Jesus established His church the way He did, so that all of us could grow closer together and closer to Him. I know that if we each do just a little act of kindness each day, we can make a huge difference. There's a lot of people on this little blue planet, three out from the Sun, and even if only half of us started doing 7 nice things a week, Earth would be a happier place. It doesn't take a lot. Even a smile can make someone's day. Or a nice note.
Last week I had a stressful experience and burst out crying in front of everyone. And a stranger gave me a lovely note that helped me feel less embarrassed. Small things do make a difference.
In fact, it's usually the little things that affect our lives the most. Little, happy, wonderful things that create lasting memories. Like your mom reading you a bedtime story when you were little. Or your dad letting you help him mow the lawn. Or your brother teaching you how to play a video game. Or your best friend taking you to breakfast on your birthday. Or your boyfriend walking you home in the rain even though it's a long way and he'll have to walk back to his place alone. All the things we do to serve others will be remembered. Even  if the people we served don't remember, we will. And we'll feel grateful for the opportunity to do for others what someone has done for us.
The best remedy for feeling down is finding someone else to serve. Just forgetting about ourselves and our problems and helping someone else does us good.  It's easier to be optimistic about the future if we make just a small effort to improve the world, one random act of kindness at a time.

"This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it." --Ralph Waldo Emerson