Last Sunday in our Sacrament Meeting (what Mormons call the Sunday worship service) we sang the hymn “Have I Done Any Good?” As I looked around, I noticed two friends in the congregation singing together. One of them, an elderly sister, has poor eyesight. Her friend was holding a large piece of paper in front of them. Upon closer inspection, I realized that she had printed out the words to the hymn in large print so her friend could sing along. A genuine act of thoughtful, Christ-like service. I love the first verse and the questions it asks about my personal commitment to serve others as Christ would.
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
If you’re like me, it’s always easier to show up at an organized service project (which usually only occur a few times a year). What I think Christ wants us to do is to take advantage of opportunities to quietly serve those around us. It’s the simple, everyday acts of Christ-like service, or charity, that do the most good. Mormons believe that service to others is an important characteristic of discipleship, and we promise at baptism to devote our lives to the service of others.
So, at the end of the day, let us ask “Have I done any good in the world today?” I know the Lord is pleased with us when we can answer “yes” and has trust in us to do better when the answer is “no.” Either way, He needs us to answer the call.