Did you ever start out to do something with the intent of helping someone else only to find that you are the one that receives blessings? A long time ago, last week, when I started this blog, I did so with the hope that my words might some day be able to encourage, uplift or maybe even inspire someone who read them. What I did not expect or anticipate was that I would be the one uplifted, encouraged and inspired. Since posting my first blog I have been the recipient of many kind and supportive comments. Many of you have even shared your own experiences and “miracles”. Your comments and experiences have been a great blessing to me this week and I am very grateful.
As I was reflecting on these unexpected blessings, I began to wonder why it was that I was surprised. I have learned through many similar experiences that when I try to help others, I am usually the one that is blessed. This started me thinking about the nature of service. Throughout my life I have had many opportunities to serve. These opportunities have come to me through my church, my community and other organizations. I have found that being part of a large service project can be a very rewarding experience and can do a great deal of good for those being served. However, service is not limited to these large, structured projects. I believe that service can be performed anywhere and at anytime. Serving others can take only a moment and can be as simple as a phone call, a hug or even a smile. If we have a desire to serve others and strive to be aware of those around us, I believe that our Heavenly Father will place people in our path that we have the ability to help. As we use our abilities to help those that He places in our path He blesses us in the process. When Christ was on the earth He taught that “….whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it” (Luke 9:24). I believe that it is through consistent, daily acts of service to others that we “lose” ourselves and become more like the Savior.