God designed us to serve others. He has found complete and endless happiness in serving all His children, and He knows that we too can enjoy similar blessings in the support we provide to others. Hence, He has planted within all of us an inner yearning to serve. The drive to make others happy reaps blessings in our own lives.
That natural drive to reap the personal blessings of serving others runs strong and deep in the Mormon Third Eye. Over the decades I have secretly coveted specific opportunities to serve certain segments of the church population, and can bin them into three broad categories: the youth (YM/YW/YSA), the extremely young (Primary), and the extremely old (our ancestors). Serving these subsets of God's children keeps me connected to Him in miraculous ways.
Different seasons of life have delivered different opportunities to engage with these three populations. Sunday afternoon daydreams are often filled with an array of imaginary and sometimes borderline outrageous blends of schedules and activities that permit me to serve all of them simultaneously. What would THAT be like? I'm afraid I would be unable to contain all the blessings that would flow my way and spiritually explode! Actually, there is precedence for this worry in a previous MTE post, which you can read about here.
A couple of weekends ago my wildest dreams came true- the perfect service storm! After spending a week with the youth of our stake in Palmyra, New York....
I then filled my Saturday morning shift at the temple...
And the next day, in Primary, they let me substitute for a vacationing primary teacher!
Does life get any better than this? I think not!