For Christmas members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined together in a worldwide service initiative. Even though that campaign is now over, we don’t have to stop serving. Jesus Christ reminds us that by serving others, we are serving him. We should have an attitude of charity and service every day of the year.
However, it can be hard to make this happen. Here are ten ways you can keep lighting the world!
Set Goals as a Family or Group
For many people, a new year is a time to make new resolutions to be better. Make specific goals to serve. It could be a monthly service project or ways to serve your spouse, children, or family throughout the year. Write the goals down and review them regularly.
Pray Specifically Every Day for Who Needs You
God places people in your life for a reason. It could be a ward member, a co-worker, or a passerby on the street. Every day, there are people around you to serve. Every day, God can use you to do his work. Start every day by praying for the eyes to see who has been placed in your path and how you can help them.
Join a Group or Organization
If you are passionate about a cause, consider joining with a like-minded group or organization. An organization provides structure and fellowship as you strive to help others. If you can’t find an organization to meet your needs, start one yourself. Reach out to others and plan meetings to discuss what you can do to serve.
Keep It Simple and Small
Having a charitable and serving heart is more important than grand acts or gestures. By small and simple things great things are brought to pass. Don’t stress over large service ideas that can leave you worn out. Service can be a smile, a compliment, or a hug.
Fulfill Your Callings
The Church has provided great opportunities to serve on a regular basis. If you struggle with ministering, commit to doing better. If you don’t have a calling, ask for one. If you do, pray for inspiration on how you can meet the specific needs of the people you serve.
Review How You See Relationships
When we meet others, we often make an unconscious judgement of how they can benefit us. We should try and change our mindset. Instead of asking how others can serve us, think about how you can serve them. By reviewing how we serve others, mainly in an unselfish light, we will have a better capacity to help others.
Make the Time
So many of us are so busy that some things won’t ever get done unless we make a conscious and concerted effort. Look at your upcoming year and schedule time ahead for service. It is not always convenient to serve and service can be spontaneous, but setting aside time each week or month for service will help you find opportunities that God can expand.
Utilize Social Media
We are simultaneously a connected and disconnected culture. With all of the apps and social media sites at our disposal, it is easy to be distracted and aloof while seeming to be involved in the lives of our loved ones. Use social media for something more. Reach out to old friends, share the gospel, and help comfort those who need comfort.
As hard as it may be sometimes, we have more blessings than we realize. By cultivating an attitude of gratitude, we will grow in our ability to turn outward. We will feel more content and more peace. When we are fulfilled in this way, we can fulfill others.
Ask What You Can Do
At the end of the day, we can simply ask others if they need help. If we ask in a sincere and willing manner, people may be more honest and open to expressing their needs.
What has helped you serve others more regularly?
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.