The women in our congregation recently held a discussion on charity that inspired me to think a lot about how I interact with others. Am I choosing to have charity for those around me? When I serve others, is it for personal gain? Let’s be honest, it’s pretty easy to have charity for the elderly woman, but what about the person who just cut you off in traffic?
Often, when I pray, I ask God to help me find those in need. I ask “who can I help today?” Yet, being human, I sometimes find myself picking and choosing who I serve. I came across this scripture in the Book of Mormon the other night:
I realized that maybe I should be going about practicing charity from a different direction.
Maybe I should be strengthening my faith, keeping up hope and praying for God to give me charity. As I acquire those qualities, I will “abound in good works” and do them, more likely, with the pure love of Christ – which is charity.
How do you find opportunities to serve those in your everyday life or community? How do you acquire charity?