Truthfully, I’d rather be in bed this morning than sitting in my office typing. I haven’t slept well the past two nights. Instead, I’ve tossed and turned and couldn’t shut my brain off. Our oldest daughter told us two days ago about wanting to move home and, the first night, I laid in bed thinking about all we would need to move around in the house (and in what order so it didn’t feel like we were living through a hurricane) so she could have her old room back. Last night, there was far too much girl drama for my poor husband, who was just done with it all and didn’t want to talk about anything anymore. Nothing like having six women in his life to give him a little drama from time to time. I moved to our guest bed out of frustration and laid there, tossing and turning, worried about his reaction. To cap it all off, I had to get up at 6:40 this morning to haul a daughter off to school for Commander’s Call (JROTC stuff) and, then in an effort to possibly pass out on the road, I decided to walk to the gym for my first workout in six months. Needless, to say, now I am sitting at the computer, trying hard to not dose off.
In chapter two of Chris Marlow’s book, Doing Good is Simple, he shares some very personal stories of what motivated him to begin working to do some good. I shared yesterday why my heart is tender towards making an effort to do something. He has such a way of sharing his experiences – it makes them so real. I can clearly picture what he’s talking about and I can feel it in my heart (that’s why the tears about them too). At the very end of the chapter, he says something that really caught my attention. He gives some facts about the world that are, frankly, appalling, which makes me feel sad that we live in such an incredibly messed up world and he says, “Our capacity is not that big, nor does God call us to fix the entire world’s problems. But he calls us to do something.” Something. Anything. He repeats this message over and over. Start where you are, with who you are, and with what you have. Start small and start simple, but start. What a great relief!
The general conference talk was The Blessings of Worship by Bishop Dean M. Davies. He talks about worshipping God and the joy it brings into our lives. Dean says something that is very similar to what Chris has been saying in his book,
True worship transforms us into sincere and earnest disciples of our beloved Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. We change and become more like Him. We become more understanding and caring. More forgiving. More loving. We understand that it is impossible to say that we love God while at the same time hating, dismissing, or disregarding others around us. True worship leads to an unwavering determination to walk the path of discipleship. And that leads inevitably to charity. These too are necessary elements of worship.
Part of our worship is the reaching out to help and lift and bless and not just those we associate with on a regular basis, but those who have no one around them to do that for them. To truly worship our Father, we must take into account His Son’s work and example among those who needed help in His time, in His area. He met them one by one and tended to their needs. One by one is much less overwhelming than the big scary numbers Chris quotes, which is why he says it is simple and that just helping the one is significant.
Nephi, chapter six, is short, just six verses, but they are written by him to explain why he is keeping these records –
4 For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved.
5 Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world.
“To come unto God.” To worship. To lift others. To save. To reach out. To follow Christ’s example. To find and rescue the one. It’s what life is all about and, Chris is right, it is simple, far easier than we think and less intrusive than we fear, but it takes a willing heart and mind, and together, we can do great things.