I was near the end of my third pregnancy, feeling rather large and extremely uncomfortable, when a dear friend of mine called and asked if she could stop by my house to drop off something. After hearing her knock, I opened the door and was surprised to see her standing there, arms full of cleaning supplies. No, she wasn’t dropping them off like she slyly told me over the phone, but confessed she was there to clean our bathrooms. I tried blocking the doorway and persuading her it wasn’t necessary (although much appreciated). I was completely embarrassed at the thought of someone seeing how neglected the bathrooms were, but she was insistent and nudged her way inside the house.
Maybe I was extra emotionally from the pregnancy (okay, extremely emotional), but I felt the love she had for me. She showed me any act, big or small, can be an opportunity to serve. “We can see each task as a privilege and opportunity to serve Him, even when we are in the midst of deadlines, duties, or dirty diapers.” Or in this case, in the midst of scrubbing a friend’s bathtub.
Sister Jones posed the questions: Why are we doing this? What is our purpose? The “why” and the “what” of anything we do should be the result of our love and devotion to our Savior. Does our service need to be anything grand?---Absolutely not. The value of our service is not dependent on what we do, but where our heart lies. The Savior is the driving force behind our desire to help others. Through Him, we are able to truly serve with a heart of gratitude, selflessness, and pure love.
“We can make each item on our to-do list become a way to glorify Him” whether we are helping a friend study for an exam, picking up an extra shift at work for a coworker, or changing another dirty diaper. Service has very little to do about us, more about who we are serving, and everything about Him. We serve “For Him.”
Family Home Evening for Littles
Have children set up a “tent”/fort and listen as you read Mosiah 2:16-18. Discuss King Benjamin’s address on service and how we can serve the Lord by helping those around us. Have each child tell one way they will serve a member of their family that week. For a treat, make Rice-Krispie treats like Sister Jones did, and share with a neighbor!
Relief Society/Young Women Handout
Download “Christ in your To-Do List” and write down some items you need to accomplish this week with school, work, or at home. Then, ponder how these items demonstrate love and devotion to Him and if need be, add specific activities that will bring your focus to Christ.
Help your ministering sister reflect on specific ways God has shown His love for her. By pondering and writing down blessings from the Lord, our hearts are filled with gratitude and our desire to serve others increases. Download the “Heart of Gratitude” printable for your ministering sister to complete, with a personal note expressing how your friendship with her has specifically blessed your life.
Service in action- “Secret Service”
“As we become less concerned about our service magnifying us, we realize instead that the focus of our service will be on putting God first.” Pray to know who may be in need of some love this week and then plan little acts of “secret-service” for them. A few ideas: dropping off treats or few bags of grocery staples, bringing in their garbage cans, shoveling snow from their driveway, or raking leaves from their yard.