And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
As teenagers, we often don’t have a lot of money to give others, but we do have time — time to serve others.
Service can be planned or spontaneous. A couple months ago, some youth in my church got together and we went over to our neighbors and mowed, weeded, and cleaned up the yard because they weren’t able to do it at the time. The service took just a bit of planning, but made a big difference tot he family who received it. On another occasion, while on a family vacation, we were down to the beach when my sister met this homeless, down-to-earth beach bum. At first, we didn’t realize at first he was homeless. But the more we chatted, the more his housing situation became evident. His name was John and he was married and had a son. After dinner, dad had a great idea to take him our extra food. When we took him the food, John was overly grateful. It touched our hearts to see the thankfulness in his eyes. Although it was a small act, it made a difference to John and to our family. I’m so grateful for moments of service like this to remind me what matters most in life.
Service is simple and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. At 17 years old, there are many opportunities in my daily life to perform service. From home, to school, to going to the grocery store, I just need to be willing and to have an open eye and look out for opportunities to serve. It can be as easy as the experience I had last week in the hall at school. As I was walking to class, a guy dropped all his papers and books. I helped him pick up his stuff and reorganize his things. He was grateful and so was I. Serving others feels great!