Monday, March 3, 2014

Service: Focus Is More Important than Specifics

I had a friend tell me once that he had experienced a particular crisis of faith that resulted in his being released from a position of leadership in his ward.  He told me he was struggling to figure out what to do to serve now that he no longer had the former structure that gave his service focus and meaning.  The following was my response to him: 

It doesn't really matter exactly what you do, as long as you are doing something to serve in a way you feel is important and meaningful.

So, pick something about which you can feel passionate - or about which your family can feel passionate as they serve with you.

Who knows? Maybe your faith crisis was God's way of prompting you to have an impact on a greater scale than you could have had solely in a leadership position in the Church - and maybe, just maybe, it will turn you into someone who actually can provide leadership on a broader scale in the Church in the future, since it might help you understand better others who struggle for whatever reason. I don't care about that as much as what you can do in the here and now, since I believe what you can do in the future will be influenced greatly by what you do in the here and now.  So, find a passion now and do it.

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