Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sacred Sabbath: You Never Know How Much Good You Do

Gordon B. Hinckley Heaven is Smiling Above


"You cannot give yourself poor in this work." Marion G. Romney


Think about all the times you have been inspired to help someone in need. I'm sure there have been many. We don't often get to see what happened down the road because of the service we rendered or how those people may have paid it forward. 

Christ commanded us to love each other through service. 

By love serve one another. Galatians 5:13

I have been on the receiving end of service many times in my life. I have learned that it is always good to give but always good to receive in kindness also. 

When my 5th child was 2 months old, she ended up in the hospital due to a severe allergy to milk. She was in the hospital for 2 weeks until her symptoms abated and she started gaining weight again. It was a scary time for our family but one filled with the love of family and friends. People cleaned our house, brought dinners for a month, did my laundry, prayed and fasted for us, left work to strengthen us through a priesthood blessing, and our sweet baby recovered fully. I still get teary when I think of that time. I am so grateful for it, though. I was blessed and those that served us were blessed.

“A person cannot give a crust to the Lord without receiving a loaf in return.” Melvin J. Ballard

As followers of Christ we have hundreds of opportunities in our lives to bless another - especially in our families. Sometimes it's as simple as a genuine smile of friendship - other times you get to wash someone's dirty laundry so it doesn't stink in their house for days. It's all the same to Christ. 

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40

This short movie is beautiful and inspiring. It's longer than the other ones I've shared, but you need to watch it through to the end. Watch a mother go through her day with one hope in mind only to learn she was needed elsewhere. Let your children watch, too, then let them help you serve someone in need. You will feel the Lord working through you to accomplish His purposes. That is the most important thing. Happy Sabbath!




Picture courtesy of Archbob.
Quote by Gordon B. Hinckley can be found here.

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43 comments:

  1. I love this post! You brought back many memories of the service we have received and the opportunities to serve others. Thank you for inspiring me today!
    MommyCrusader.com

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    1. I'm so glad you took the time to comment. It made my night. Thanks, Deborah!

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  2. This is timely and beautiful. It takes a heart to give to someone in need.
    Love this. Thanks for sharing.
    God Bless

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  3. Thank you for sharing this very encouraging post.

    I always try to think about how much even the smallest gesture could mean in a person's life. Like smiling at a stranger in the store. The Lord orders our paths where we are to be the light of Christ. :

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    1. I love your comment. It adds to the post! Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. Thanks for sharing with the BlogFair @mummydoit It's great to show love, and feel loved by others by simply giving of your time and resources, especially when they are in need. I have received meals and help when sick or the family is in need and it is great to then pass this forward to others. It is so true that you are blessed when you bless others.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your post at Together on Tuesdays again this week :)

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  7. I really enjoyed the video - thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. It is wonderful to be able to bless someone with either words or deeds and also wonderful for our children to share in this and be encouraged to do also. Blessings

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    1. Thanks, Terri! You do this with your wonderful blog!

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  9. Awww, that video. I'm bawling. It's so true that we never know the impact we have; we are the hands and feet for our Lord.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I'm so glad it touched you the way it did me! Your comment adds to the post.

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  10. I love this; I agree wholeheartedly. You never know how you might affect someone (so please, let's make it a positive effect!). Sometimes we may know that we have helped someone, or we may never know that something we said or did made a difference in someone's life. My grandmother used to say, "Please God, let me help someone today." I love to help others, but I need to be more graceful about receiving help. I say, "Oh, no, that's OK, I can do it." I need to remember that I am robbing someone of the blessing of helping, and me of the blessing of accepting help when I really need it. :)

    I came over here to thank you for joining us for Treasure Box Tuesday, and got all caught up in your wonderful post. :) So thank you for both.

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    1. I was glad I could link up with you, but even more glad you found something here that you enjoyed! Thank you and you are welcome! :)

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  11. This is such an uplifting and inspiring message! It is important to remember to serve others in need.Thank you for sharing your thought-provloking post: 'Sacred Sabbath: You Never Know How Much Good You Do' with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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    1. I appreciate the share! I'm so grateful you stopped by to comment, Deborah.

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  12. Very important message and so true. One of my friend's husband just died a couple of days ago. As we're fairly young it was a bit of a shock. You get those moments of reality and clarity, thinking "what really matters." My husband said it got him thinking about how many people were in the waiting room, worrying about what was going on...would it be the same for him. I got thinking that I don't think it matters quite how many people are there but if the person dying touched the lives of others by service- even strangers or through volunteer work, people who would never show up at the hospital...but who's lives have been changed.
    (Not to disparage my husband, those people who showed up had obviously been affected by Jay!) It was just two points of view on how much service does matter. Thank you for the post.
    (And for stopping by my blog the other day!).

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    1. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience. I'm sorry for your loss. It does bring home the importance of leaving the best of ourselves to those around us. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  13. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love having you!! Pinned!!

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    1. Isn't it, though? Thanks for coming over and watching!

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  14. Lovely post. I wrote a post tonight for tomorrow on how my mom has taught me to help others in need. I know I have appreciated the help when I needed it. God is good in providing when we need it for sure. Thank you for sharing and linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me."
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

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    1. That's wonderful! I'll have to check out your post. God is good, indeed! Thank you for commenting, Rachel!

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  15. You are so right. I love this video and get teary eyed every time I see it. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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    1. It's nice to find someone who has seen it already! It's one of the best. Thanks, Kathleen, for the comment.

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  16. This is a beautiful, inspiring post. Thank you for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!
    Maria

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    1. Thank you, Maria. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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  17. What a precious post and video, my friend! I was reminded of what a blessing it is to serve others, to be there for them because we never know how the Lord might use that opportunity. Thank you for sharing this beautiful and refreshing post with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

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    1. Hugging you back, Stephanie. Thanks for taking the time to watch.

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  18. Thank you, I needed to see this tonight.

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    1. Your comment made my day, Connie. Thank you for watching and taking the time to tell me.

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  19. Thank you, thank you thank you, we all need to be reminded of this!

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    1. You are welcome, Mary. So glad you stopped by! :)

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  20. I needed to hear this right now, we do so much and hope that the thing we do is one that will help someone get to where they need to be, I find it so intriguing that the one thing we do may be put in our mind from God, that we are the piece that is needed to push someone towards their God given path. I need to remember this more when I feel the nudge to say something, write something or do something. It could change someone else's world!

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    1. Isn't wonderful and beautiful that we are His hands in so many ways! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment, Nikki!

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  21. Great inspirational post that keeps life in perspective. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again next week and invite your friends to join. Have a great weekend! Quinn

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  22. Thanks, Quinn! I'm sure I'll be partying with you and Alli next week.

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  23. Thank you for linking up last week!
    Your post has been featured :)
    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/10/idea-box-thursday-link-party-31.html
    xx
    Mila

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  24. Thanks for the wonderful reminder to keep doing things for others - to keep on doing the little things.

    Appreciate your words and your post today; I found you on Women with Intention.

    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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  25. Wow! Typing with tears in my eyes! I found this post at just the right time! Thank you for the encouragement and for sharing it at Waiting on...Wednesday!

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