Strength and gladness are in his place
1 Chronicles 16:27 states: “Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.” This was a truly fitting scripture for today. As I attended my church meetings, I gained added strength and gladness about my life.
All of the meetings today focused on service and the blessings that come from serving others. This is a message that resonates well with me. Throughout my life I have found that my greatest strength in overcoming challenges is forgetting about myself and looking for some way to help someone in need. It’s amazing to see how quickly a bad day can become joyous just by giving of yourself.
Sadly we live in a day when most people choose not to step out of their own comfort zones, even when they see others in need. I know from personal experience that every act of service offers a reward. Most often it’s just a warm feeling, but on a bad day that’s enough to help me over life’s current hurdle.
Sometimes though, a seemingly insignificant act on our part can bring about miracles for both the giver and the receiver. Today I thought of an experience that my son had two years ago. He had just returned home from his two year mission for our church and was starting his new life in Hawaii. His hope had been to attend BYU-H, but he had missed the admissions requirement by 1 point. Still in his mind he felt like everything was going to work out.
A few days later he received an invitation to provide service for a woman in the community. He showed up and helped move some furniture and boxes and in the process got to visit a bit with the woman he was serving. He shared his disappointment about not getting into school and the woman told him not to worry, “everything will work out.”
It didn’t take long for her words to come true. The next day he received a call inviting him to meet with the Dean of Admissions at BYU-H. In that meeting he learned that he would be accepted into the university based on the recommendation of the woman whom he had served the day before. Miracles are not always so immediate, but in this case, both the recipient of his service & my son enjoyed personal blessings because of his willing to help someone in need. “Strength and gladness” are abundant if we take the time to perform good works.