Thursday, May 2, 2013

Have I Done Any Good?

In church we sing a hymn called "Have I Done Any Good In The World Today."  The words go like this:

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.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
 There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

Then wake up and do something moreThan dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

One of the best ways to develop love for someone is to serve them (in my opinion).  I think when we serve our hearts open up and we are more aware of those around us. I think the joy and happiness that comes from serving increases our ability to love. 

Lately we have noticed that our children are not getting along the best :)  There is a lot of fighting and arguing.  They get so wrapped up in themselves and what they are doing that they forget to think about each other.  I must say I am guilty of it too.  It's easy to do.  Add the crazy weather and super long winter to it and it becomes really hard to think of anything let alone doing something nice for someone!  I know kids are kids and we all have our days but lately it has been worse than the usual squabbles.

So, last week we decided to do our Random Acts of Kindness again.  This time though, we were going to focus on each other.  Our family is our most important thing in the entire world.  We need to treat each other with love and respect so that our family can last through the storms that life throws at us.  We thought that learning to serve each other would help not only the long term relationships but the current attitude in the home.  Each day we (Michael and I included)  have to find some one in the immediate family to serve.  Each day it has to be some one different and something different.  It can be as simple as writing them a note or as big as doing their daily chore. It isn't anonymous.  Each night after we read scriptures we go around the room and say one thing that we did to serve some one that day.  We don't do it so we can brag.  We do that so that everyone knows that we are all in it together and also so that they can see that each one of them is loved and is being served.  Some nights they have to think really hard and some nights they realize that they have gone all day and done nothing for others.  Usually when that happens that person is the first one the next night to share their service.  Each morning before we all go our separate ways we say a family prayer.  I have noticed that the kids have begun to pray for Heavenly Father to help them find ways to help each other and to help us all be nice to each other. 

Thomas S. Monson, the leader of our church, once said, "Kneel down to pray. Step up to serve. Reach out to rescue. Each is a vital page of God's blueprint to make a house a home and a home a heaven."  It truly does make a difference.  When we are looking for ways to help each other, our house does become a home and our home becomes a heaven on earth.  When we start the day off and pray for ways to serve and end the day with prayer and talking about how we served, our minds and hearts are turned to others.  We still fight and argue.  I'm sure we always will.  But it's so nice to see that at different times through out the day, we all stopped, even if just for a moment, and thought about others and how we can help them.  At then end of each day when we ask ourselves, "Have I done any good?", we can say yes and embrace the joy that comes from it.

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