“Ye are eternally indebted to your Heavenly Father, to render to Him all that you have and are.”
Every time that I read the chapters of scripture cataloguing the wisdom of King Benjamin, new passages tap my heart. Essentially, each verse says the same thing: we will never be able to earn heaven. We will never be able to give enough to Him to deserve everything or even anything that He has given, does give, and will continue throughout eternity to give to us. Vital that we remember, of course, that this does not mean we cease to try, for it is this reaching that brings us slices of eternal joy now.
God has bestowed upon us all that we have and are, from every breath to every strand of hair to every kindred spirit. I have felt many moments the immensity of what it means to be an “unprofitable servant,” and I have come to recognize that the best way we show our gratitude and try to be something better, is by paying it forward. We cannot make it up to God, but we can be a force for good in the lives of those around us, and I know hat this is what he wants. The feeling and giving of love in any form, save those few exceptions, is a win-win-win scenario. The receiver wins, God wins, and the giver also wins. It is God’s law. May we each give to him by and through the simple minute tasks of our daily lives: share an extra smile, validate a stranger, pay attention for all of class, look up and around instead of down while walking, ask people questions about their lives and family and then listen, say but one prayer a day—start in the morning, and close just before falling asleep. Serving God is not made up only of extravagant things, but also the small and simple. Yeah, actually. Largely the small and simple.