Tonight, I was able to attend the Y-Serve spring symposium, a wonderful banquet to provide program directors with the opportunity for reflection of service. Our exceptional service council president, Joey shared an excerpt from President Gordon B. Hinckley,
“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”
I am sure without a doubt that for this reason, we are commanded to serve our Heavenly Father's children--to learn to love even as He does. Joey also went on to remind us that there is never someone you couldn't love a little more or serve a little more, which I completely agree with because the act of service is infinite love that can be given without end. Through service, we carry out Christ's work; put into action his infinite atonement that is meant for ALL of us.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in service these last few years. Being a program director and volunteer really has been the most valuable experience of my college career and has made all the difference in my life. I love using my skills combined with my love for people to serve them. I want to make a difference their lives. I want to lift up some of their burdens. I want them to be happy and full. I love being able to serve with my husband, and getting to see an extra sweet side of him, aside from his service to me. I feel that even though I make mistakes (which I do tons of), service is the one thing I can always do right. Serving my brothers and sisters shows my commitment to my Heavenly Father and makes Him happy, and when He is happy, I am happy. I want so much to make Him proud of me. I love Him so much and am indebted to Him for my life and all that I have.
Life is just so much better when we do service. Although this chapter of my life is coming to an end, I look forward to the opportunities ahead to serve others. I will continue this calling for the rest of my life, and I hope I can inspire others to do so as well.
P.S. I was recognized for my completion of the National Americorps program by providing over 300 hours of service in a year. I also received the Y-Serve's Silver Award. Props to all of the others who have achieved these awards. It requires many hours of dedication to service. I especially want to say how proud I am of Allie, my service council member, for all that she has achieved thus far. I cannot think of anyone else who is more deserving of this recognition. She genuinely loves and serves with all of her heart. I can feel that love every time I'm around her. She is a true friend. I love her so much and it has been a great pleasure to work with her this past year.