Most people you talk to are willing and want to serve. So what is stopping them? I have found that often times it is the preparation. Because they are not prepared to serve, opportunities are passing them by.
Several years ago I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lithuania. Everyday my companion and I would search for ways that we could help the people around us. Our intentions were good, but we felt that so many opportunities were being passed up. Earlier that day, we passed a hungry man sitting on the side of the road. I wished I had an apple or something I could have given him. I had nothing. I felt terrible. We passed a man later who was sitting on the ground freezing. He was rubbing his hands together trying to keep warm. Again I wished I had a pair of gloves that I could have given him. Oh wait! I was wearing a pair. I took my gloves off and handed them to the gentleman. I’ll never forget the look on his face. His worn face showed gratitude and relief as he slipped the gloves on to his own hands.
We were passing up all the service opportunities because we were not prepared. We decided that we were going to be better prepared to serve by putting something in our bag that would assist us in helping others. It was amazing! Whatever we chose to put in our bag, ended up being exactly what we needed to help someone along the way. When you are ready and willing to serve, the Lord guides you to people who need you most.
Preparation is key. Often times we think we need to do something big, or set aside a great amount of time to do kind things, but it’s a misconception. Think about all the places you go in a day and plan accordingly. What type of things could you throw in your purse, car, briefcase, book bag, etc. that might lift someone’s spirits a little higher? If nothing else, start by bringing an “apple” with you. That’s how I started. Just by having it with you, you will be more aware of your surroundings and what opportunities you could be better prepared for. Remember it doesn’t have to be big things, the little things make people smile too.
Think about what you do in a day, and plan to do something along your way.
It’s all in the day’s journey.