Do you ever sit there and wonder, “Have I ever helped a single person in any meaningful and lasting way?”
I wonder that often.
Perhaps the greatest regret a person could possibly have would be to live a long life without ever helping a single person to do something of significant importance. If the failure were due to selfishness, that would be tragic. But what if that failure were not for a lack of trying?
Sometimes I think we approach the question of service to others from a faulty premise. We think of it as having good manners. Sure, manners matter, but are they the pinnacle of meaningful service? No.
What, then, is that pinnacle of meaningful service? I am convinced that it is helping another person come to know Jesus Christ and to find faith in Him. True joy is to be found therein.
“And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!” Doctrine and Covenants 18:15
I suppose that if you served for 99 years and only helped one solitary person come unto Jesus, your life would feel like a complete success. And although it is hard to admit this, maybe your joy would be full if you strived to serve others and only ever helped yourself come unto Jesus. Think about that for a moment. There is legitimate success in choosing to use the time you’ve been allotted to bring others to Christ. Even if you aren’t successful in doing so, you’ve done your part, and you’ve become clean in the process. One simply cannot help but become clean when he or she fully partners with Jesus Christ.
Once you’ve helped that one, can you ever truly stop? Of course you can’t. This kind of happiness cannot be contained.
“And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!” Doctrine and Covenants 18:15
What’s the point? It’s that even one solitary soul is worth spending all the days of one’s life crying repentance.
Ideas for service:
- Uplift and encourage family members to find peace through Jesus Christ.
- Share free scriptures with others (free Bible, free Book of Mormon, free online scriptures).
- Use social media to share your inspirational thoughts and testimony.
- Give of your time and wealth to help others.