Finding your true self by serving others l Worship
Last updated 9/26/2018 at Noon
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 10:39)
On Sept 15, President Russell M. Nelson, the current prophet and leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints spoke to 49,089 members at Safeco Field.
A renowned cardiovascular surgeon, President Nelson taught that worldly accolades were less important than family relationships. He also taught other truths that will lead to a happy life.
He said, “We are happiest when we think about someone else, other than ourselves.” He explained that serving others will provide some of the greatest joys in life.
Of this concept, Jesus answered, "Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25: 37-40)
An ancient king named Benjamin taught in the Book of Mormon, “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17)
But what does service have to do with finding our true selves?
Referring to this question, our recently past president, Thomas S. Monson (1927-2018) said, “I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish - and in effect save their lives.”
Another former president of the church, Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994), said, "Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that he can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life to God will find he has eternal life.”
So, in the search to find who we are, we don’t have to travel to a far a way land to seek out wisdom. We can discover our true nature here at home through seeking to know God and serving His children. Knowing that we are children of a loving Father in Heaven and that there is a plan for our lives can provide both meaning and direction.
Of this, President Monson said, “We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness - be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children.”
If we would find ourselves, following the Savior Jesus Christ example would be an excellent place to start. He helped those who were sick, encouraged those who were sorrowful, lifted those who were weak.
He brought sight to the eyes of the blind and provided food for those who were hungry. “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)