How can I step outside of myself when life is hard?

In the past when life was hard I would step away from my struggles by serving others.  I  would seek to listen to the Holy Ghost, to find opportunities to go and do.  To help make someone else’s day better even if mine wasn’t.  Through the process I would feel happier and sometimes gain a new perspective on my situation.

For thou shalt devote all thy service in Zion; and in this thou shalt have strength.

Doctrine and Covenants 24:7

Sometimes, a lot of times, this was hard.  I had three busy kids, we homeschooled and I was actively involved in working/supporting all the groups my kids took part in.  My life was busy.  We often had many kids at our home particularly in the early years.  If I wanted to serve it usually meant I had to take my kids with me and kids are not always agreeable to the process.  But, when I would see the smile on someone’s face or give a hug that seemed so needed, I knew that I had made a difference if only for a moment and I would feel a bit better.

Now I am limited, I can’t just go out and do, life is different.  I no longer have little babies or young children to make service hard.  Now it is my health that is getting in the way.  Fragrances are everywhere and they cause me to struggle to breathe. I find it is safer to avoid situations that can make this worse, so I stay home unless I am working.  Occasionally if I am desperate to get out of the house I can go for a drive but only if I am not feeling too tired.  This usually can only happen on the weekend because I am exhausted during the week from work.

How can I get out of my own head?  How do I step away from all this hard, tired, struggle each day when I can’t even leave the house except to go to work or the doctors?

With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men

Ephesians 6:7

Christ didn’t bake muffins or make gifts for others.  He gave them the word of God.  He encouraged others to come closer to God, he also lifted, strengthened and loved.

I can do some small part of this.  I can pray for others, I can ask who needs what I can give.  I can also ask, what can I give?  Maybe it will be small, but it will be enough if I am following Him.  “Doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men” (Eph 6:7).




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