Monday, October 5, 2009
Have I done any good?
This past weekend our church, held its semi-annual General Conference. The leaders of our church speak to all of the members to uplift, and edify us spiritually. We spend both Saturday and Sunday engaged in talks and music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I truly enjoy these conferences because they are a lift in a much needed time.
One of the talks given was by our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. He spoke on service and related a hymn sung in our meetings titled " Have I Done Any Good?". He mentioned that if we take the time and effort to care for others and their needs, our burdens and suffering will be lifted. I have felt all too often sorry for myself and held a pity party when I could have been out lifting someone else's burden as well as my own. As the talk was being given I thought of the greatest sacrifice that has ever been performed. Our Savior, through much pain and suffering died on the cross for each of us to return to live with our Father in Heaven. Without complaint or hard feelings towards those who betrayed him, he withstood the agony and served us all with love.
Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.