Service- as defined by Dictionary.com, is “an act of helpful activity”.
I agree with that statement, but I look at service a bit differently.
Service- as defined by Sister Yates: Putting others needs above your own to accomplish a greater purpose, an expression of love and devotion to a cause or individual, a great workout, fun, a great blessing, and a vital part of life that brings joy and fulfillment.
Elder Richard G Scott said, “Willing service to others is a key to enduring happiness. President Spencer W. Kimball said: ‘God does notice us, and He watches over us. But it is usually through another mortal that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other.’”
When I do service, I feel uplifted and feel closer to the Spirit. In Mosiah 2:17 we are told “…when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” I testify that is true. “…That which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually;” (Moroni 7:13) and therefore, in my humble opinion, is there never a valid reason not to render service.
Sometimes I think we over think and complicate what we can do to serve and help others. The other day, my companion and I were out tracting and there was a branch that had fallen in the road that could probably could have done a bit of damage if one of the lovely low riders that cruise the streets here had come upon it, so we took five seconds to grab the branch and debris and threw if off to the side of the road, and continued on our merry little way. We don’t have to do big and grand things like a fundraiser, or put on a big “to do” to serve and help others or our community.
Now take a moment, and think about the greatest example of selfless love and service that has ever lived. Hopefully the name you came up with was Jesus Christ, because that’s the right answer! My companion and I have been talking about Him a lot lately, and something we seem to bring up quite often is, “How would the Savior treat this person? How would He act? What would He say? What would He do?” etc. and by no means are we perfect at being like Him, but what I have learned from these discussions, and further reflection on the matter is that He doesn’t get caught up in how He’ll be affected. He just goes, and does! He doesn’t wait to be told, or asked. He jumps right to it, and does it exactly as it needs to be done. He expects no reward, or compensation, no blessings or rewards from above. He’s a doer, and He lives what He taught and preached to others which was to “…love thy neighbor as thy self.” (Mark 12:31)
Our goal in this life should be to become like Christ, so my challenge/commitment to you who read this is: Will you find one or two more things you can do each day to be more like Christ? Just take note of one or two things you can do a little bit better to make some improvements, and serve more than you are served. Think, “How can you and I become more selfless servants of the Master?”
I wish you luck, and hope your mind is filled with ideas to serve and show your love for those around you, and most importantly the love you have for your Savior.
Have a blessed day, and keep on keepin’ on!
Love, Sister Yates