A few weeks ago a mysterious package showed up on my porch in the form of a scroll tied in a beautiful ribbon. To this day I have no idea who left it or why. The scroll contained these words: “When you love, watch over, and serve others in small and simple ways, you are actively participating in the work of salvation, God’s work ‘To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.’” — Carole M. Stephens
What a wonderful and mysterious message and a reminder of all the little things that make such a big difference in each of our lives. The little things that we take for granted in our daily lives that our heavenly Father gives us either by his hand or by the hand of a fellow traveler here on earth. The things that make life so rich.
Because I’ve become aware of the power of gratitude in my life I started thinking of the little things that I’m so very grateful for. Some of these include the clean air I breathe every minute, my heart working every minute, the sun and the rain, the bees that make it possible for me to eat, my body that makes it possible for me to live this wonderful life and to appreciate all the wonders that my heavenly Father makes possible. For example, glorious sunsets, beautiful plants, trees, all growing things and the friendship and joy of animals.
Then there are all the wonderful daily things that are delivered by our fellow travelers: a smile, a kind word, a thank you, someone saying “I love you,” a baby’s sweet touch, a warm hand to hold or a great hug. Little things we don’t think about much, but such great blessings that make our lives so rich and full.
How poor our lives would be without these blessings and so many others, too numerous to list here.
I recalled the words of Jesus as I thought of these things. “In as much as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me.” And the Book of Mormon scripture that says, “When you are in the service of your fellow man, you are in the service of God.”
I believe that heavenly Father is trying to get us to see that through serving others is how we are blessed and can appreciate all the wonderful and mysterious blessings there are for us every minute of every day.
I will leave you with this wonderful quote by Christian D. Larson.
“It is our privilege to have abundance of all that is rich and beautiful in the visible world, but it is the wealth and beauty of the soul that gives happiness; it is the treasures we lay up in the spiritual within that make all other treasures worthwhile.”
Jack Burke is a representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.