Sunday, February 21, 2010

Serious Sunday: Charity

I think it's incredible when you meet people that make you want to be a better person.

I went to a get together yesterday with 40+ other women all with one purpose, to start a group that could be of service, to find things to do to help other people. (Sad thing is, I'm a photographer and only had my camera phone. Which would have taken time away from my mouth-meaning I talked way to much and didn't take any pictures of it!)

Sue from Navel Gazing at its Finest started it. She's just as amazing in person as I thought she would be. I've read her forever and I was so *star struck* to meet her in person. :) If you don't read her, you should. Every post is a writer's masterpiece. She is witty AND gets her point across, instead of like my blog where I'm trying for both but get one or the other :)

I'm the first to admit that I love doing things for others but that I'm ultimately a selfish person. I always find myself wrapped up in my own life worrying about either myself or my immediate family (husband and kids).

I give when I'm reminded if that makes sense. I help out when someone else gives me the idea. I don't think of these kinds of things naturally which is such a horrible character flaw.

It's no different with this group. I am extremely excited about it and want to be a part of it, but it wasn't my idea...I'm sure I'll be forgiven for my inability to be a go-getter and secede in being a follower when it comes to these things.

However, just going to that yesterday and being a part of it made me WANT to do better, be better. These ladies, only one who I had met in person before, and maybe THREE I knew from their blogs... the rest where all strangers to me, each new person I met was funny and inviting.

When I get that feeling of being uplifted I always go and read quotes. True Story. I think I need to do that more. Bring back Serious Sunday's. Share that part of me... it's a small part, but it's still me right?

SO--the quote that came that struck me while reading after this awesome get together was this--because if I have pounded one weak character flaw in me it is patience-I have very little of it and usually the only patience I have is if it involves children--funny thing that is right?:

"The Book of Mormon provides insight into the relationship between patience and charity. Mormon, after pointing out that if a man 'have not charity he is nothing: wherefore he must needs have charity.' goes on to name the 13 elements of charity, or the pure love of Christ. I find it most interesting that 4 of the 13 elements of this must-have virtue relate to patience (see Moroni 7:44-45). "First, 'charity suffereth long.' That is what patience is all about. Charity 'is not easily provoked' is another aspect of this quality, as is charity 'beareth all things.' And finally, charity 'endureth all things' is certainly an experssion of patience (Moroni 7:45). From these defining elements it is evident that without patience gracing our soul, we would be seriously lacking with respect to a Christlike character." "The Power of Patience," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 15

From the Bible-(Thanks to the one who gave me the reference to it) 1 Cor. 13:4- "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up"

So patience I have very little. If one involves the other than I'm bound to get gain more patience if I have more charity right? I'm going to go with that.

I do love this next quote also, so had to include it:

"Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever
bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to  him but to God that the gift was made." --Antoine de Saint-Exupery 
Ah--that I can relate to.  It won't humiliate me and it won't bind me to gratitude :)
What I'm trying to say is...I'm going to give it a go.  Holding onto the coattails of the rest of them. 
Have a good Sunday everyone!  When I find a picture that was taken... I'll steal and post it-- wait, that doesn't go against everything I 
just talked about right?
Either way... love you all!


The Boob Nazi said...

I know. I keep meaning to be more of a service-oriented person, but then I get busy with stupid things.... Oh well, after grad school, I'll get into it.

Steven Anthony said...

I consider the welfare of all people as something for which I must work. (buddha)

I try and remember we are all a work in progress;)

peace my friend

Kristina P. said...

First, it was so great to be able to see you again! You totally crack me up.

I was actually thinking about this in regards to my calling. I have been a bigger slacker in that department, and yet it's something that so easy and simple to do. Or with visiting teaching. I need to be better at doing things for others.

IWA (e - va) said...

Charity and Patience...Two things that i also am continually working for but can never seem to get where i want to.

btw...You are one of the few people that i read that are consistently thinking of others..... Your post are always concerned for others and especially their children and always getting the word out of how we too can help...

Good Luck on your venture!

Southern Sage said...

it is times like this with severe political and economic crises that charity is most needed but is least likely to happen.

I should get invited to all meetings where hot chicks are discussing anything.

T said...

I think I was a more charitable person until my job which includes "required volunteerism hours" Oxymorons...

of course, now I'm behind on said hours so you just keep me in mind if you need a hand - and yes, even if my job is over by then :)

Homer and Queen said...

You are so spiritual it is bringing a little tear to my eye...(wipe)...

Sher said...

I thought about going to Sue's shindig on Saturday, but C and I went to the temple and out to lunch instead. That counts as service.

Nicole said...

It was so great to meet you on Saturday! I wish we'd had more time to chat at lunch...but I know how the non-rev craziness goes. I totally want to see you in St George next month. We'll chat.

Here's a link to the group pic from Saturday

April said...

Sounds like you had a great time....jealous!

Barbaloot said...

I'm glad you got to go have fun at Sue's party. I know I'd be pretty dang star struck if I ever met her in real life, too:)

wendy said...

alot of thoughts going on in my head right now.
patience --charity --wow

Where WERE YOU that you met Sue of Navel Gazing??
you are as wise and witty as Sue and you visit my blog, and Sue doesn't, therefore I LOVE YOU MORE.

It's ok that all you really can concentrate on right now is your hubby and kids. We can't get overwhelmed or NOTHING gets taken care of. Start with your family first --then expand.

Oh yes I need more patience. I get so incredibly anxious sometimes.

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