Light The World // Feed The Hungry

Every year, as Christmas rolls around, I tell myself to find a way to serve others. While I know there are simple ways to do so, I always seem to come up with excuses and become overwhelmed with the idea, telling myself that I just don't have the resources to accomplish whatever service it is I had in mind. But this year, I wasn't going to let that happen!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is running their Christmas campaign, and this year's theme is Light the World. Each day they have shared inspiring messages with simple ways that we can all make a difference, and today's message is Feed the Hungry. With that thought in mind, I decided to put a small activity together, for myself and a couple friends, so that we could do our part in feeding the hungry.

At first, 40 lunch boxes didn't feel like enough, to me. I wanted to do more, but had already maxed out my personal budget. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much good 40 boxes could do! There's plenty of food in each box to be shared or to tide someone over for a few meals, if necessary. Plus, if 40 people have a better day from receiving one of these boxes, then they might just spread the joy onto 40 more people, and so on.

What I learned from this experience is that there will always be an excuse to not do something, to not help someone, or to just stay silent. But even when we do something small, we not only enrich the lives of those we serve, but we enrich our own.

When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.
— The Book of Mormon - Mosiah 2:17

If you are looking for a simple way to serve someone this holiday season, or anytime of year, be sure to check out Light the World. They've listed a lot of great ideas, and even have a (free) downloadable Service Calendar. And remember — sometimes the smallest effort makes the biggest difference. So just do what you can, when you can!

Merry Christmas!