Happy President’s Day! And it’s also Random Acts of Kindness Day! I really love it when someone unexpectedly is nice to me. It lifts my mood sky high! Do you know what I mean? It’s like holy cow! People are super nice! Then my opinion of humanity increases by ten fold.
President Thomas S. Monson gave an incredible talk The Spirit Giveth Life in 1985. He gave counsel that we need today.
We live in a complex world with daily challenges. There is a tendency to feel detached—even isolated—from the Giver of every good gift. We worry that we walk alone.
From the bed of pain, from the pillow wet with the tears of loneliness, we are lifted heavenward by that divine assurance and precious promise, “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Josh. 1:5.)
Such comfort is priceless as we journey along the pathway of mortality, with its many forks and turnings. Rarely is the assurance communicated by a flashing sign or a loud voice. Rather, the language of the Spirit is gentle, quiet, uplifting to the heart and soothing to the soul.
We watch. We wait. We listen for that still, small voice. When it speaks, wise men and women obey. We do not postpone following promptings of the Spirit.
How many times have I heard that voice tell me to say something to a random person in the store and ignored it because I was too scared?! It is something I am really working on this year- to be willing to be the Savior’s hands. The hands He needs to lift up the weary, the sad, and the lonely. To bravely and boldly serve. President Monson was such a great example of serving and loving others especially when it wasn’t “convenient”.
I had the blessing to hear Elder Holland speak yesterday at my church’s Stake Conference(a larger gathering of church members in an area). One thing he spoke of was about how we cannot deny the EVIDENCE OF GOD. There are miracles all around us everyday. We need to share them vocally and give credit to God.
So in honor of R.A.K day, I would like to challenge myself, and anyone who wants to join me, to look for ways this week that you can simply brighten someone’s day. Ways that YOU can be an evidence of God in someone else’s life. We really have more time than we think, and we all can spare a few minutes here and there to say a word of love, drop a note in the mail, or give a hug as our child passes us in the hall.
The great thing about R.A.K is that no one knows what our desires are except God. We just have to start by being willing to be aware of our surroundings. The more we are aware, the more those little words from the Holy Spirit will touch our minds and let us know who is praying for love, comfort, and hope. And then we will be given the tasks of reminding people of the Evidences of God in their lives.
I know that many times my friends and neighbors have been that evidence in my life. One dear IG friend, Kay West, is a great example of being bold in sharing the evidence of God. She has an beautiful blog, aworldwidesisterhood, where she and many amazing women are sharing via word and video their testimonies of Christ. I HIGHLY recommend following her on IG and checking out the beautiful testimonies shared on her blog. We as women can unite our voices and share in greater numbers the EVIDENCE OF GOD.
I hope this week will be life changing. Let’s show our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ that we are Wise Men and Wise Women who can be trusted to be Their hands. Trusted to be a voice sharing the evidence of Their mighty hands.
Today there is a reason to Hope.