Me and Mine vs Thee and Thine

robertlouisstevenson101230[1]How was your day today? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? When asked this question, what goes through your mind? Is it the number of new jobs obtained, contracts signed, sales completed, a raise in salary, or the bestowal of high marks on performance? Is it zipping along a wreck-free commute on the highway in record time? Although these things surely can bring satisfaction, they are short-lived. An LDS hymn asks these poignant questions: “Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed.” Too often we focus on self rather than looking outward to another’s need as a measure of success. Robert Lewis Stevenson said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” We can move closer to Christ by shifting our perspective to reflect altruistic behaviors to help others as the best metric of accomplishment. When I’m tempted to use material measures to ascertain a day well spent, I will reflect on the questions listed in the hymn above. These behaviors will result in lasting and deeply fulfilling Reasons to Rejoice.

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