Sunday, July 8, 2012

Deciding to be 2nd

Top: Ross
Necklace: Mark
Dress: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Kerrin's

Giving preference to others sometimes requires a willingness to adapt and adjust. It means to allow another to go first or to have the best of something instead of thinking of yourself.

We show preference when we give someone else the best cut of meat on the platter instead of keeping it back for ourselves. We show preference when we allow someone with fewer groceries in his cart than we have in ours to go in front of us at the supermarket checkout counter, or when we are waiting in line to use a public restroom and someone behind us in line is pregnant or elderly and we choose to let that individual go ahead of us. Each time we show preference we have to make a mental adjustment. 

We were planning to be first...but we decide to be second. We are in a hurry, but we decide to wait on someone else who seems to have a greater need. A person is not yet rooted and grounded in love until they have learned to show preference toward others.

"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 

 Don't just learn to adjust, but learn to do it with a good attitude. 

Learning to do these things is learning to walk in love. 

Some of my favorite quotes about serving one another:

"Service to others deepens and sweetens this life while we are preparing to live in a better world. It is by serving that we learn to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves! In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves!"
--Spencer W. Kimball
"Service changes people. It refines, purifies, gives a finer perspective, and brings out the best in each one of us. It gets us looking outward instead of inward. Righteous service is the expression of true charity, such as the Savior showed."
--Derek A. Cuthbert

"Service makes us strong in our faith and useful in His kingdom. Service gives us purpose and courage in life. It brings us closer to God and helps us refine our divine nature. It teaches us to love and understand our fellowmen, and it helps us forget about our personal desires, eliminating selfishness, pride, and ingratitude. It teaches us to think of the needs of others, which allows us to develop the virtues that the Savior possesses."
--Carlos H. Amado

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At July 9, 2012 at 4:37 AM , Blogger Faith said...

Beautiful message.

Lovely dress too.

Happy Monday!

At July 9, 2012 at 6:21 AM , Blogger suzie q. said...

beautiful post!

At July 9, 2012 at 8:14 AM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

Thank you Faith! Glad you liked it!

At July 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

Thank you Suzie! Hope you have a great Monday!

At July 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM , Blogger Guylaine Fréderique said...

I love your dress!


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