Monday, March 11, 2013

Are you really living life?

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 I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someones garden.
I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Wonderful words from a wonderful lady. She spent many a years serving by the side of her wonderful Husband Gorden B Hinkley. They were an inspiration to so many.

These are great words to live by. Getting out and serving others is beneficial to those who are serving and those who receive the service. Service is essential to the health of our bodies. There are physical changes that go on in our bodies and brains when we serve other people. It is also good for building our communities. We cannot thrive on our own. We have to help each other. This is the law of life.

What are you doing to serve in your community or family?  Are you living and changing the world around you?  If you are not, what can you do to serve those around you?  One of my favorite hymns is "Have I done any good in the world today?"  It goes a little something  like this

Have I done any good in the world today?  have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad, or made someone feel glad? if not I have failed indeed.  (It goes on, But I love the chorus.) 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.  GET OUT AND SERVE SOMEONE TODAY!


  1. Great post!! I want to move to an area where neighbors actually talk to each other and you don't have to go to the store just because you are out of something. I grew up in an area where things were as you say, helping others and working together. I live in a really metropolitian area and the people are more like the beginning of the post :( Thanks for the inspiration!