Friday, October 22, 2010

Good Works

This month - our theme is
"Good Works"

"Therefore let your light so shine before this people,

that they may see your good works

and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

(3 Nephi 12:16)

Our goal/focus this month:

I will help others and build the kingdom through righteous service.

We were just talking about Shining... last month.
Specifically- Not being afraid to shine.
NOt waiting until we are good enough,
accomplished enough,
skilled enough...
to share our talents and serve people.

Which is a good goal for me this month.

I instigated a school Fall play. Whenever BYU-H has a casting call in the community for children- they get a large number of children  who try out- but only two or three get to perform. I thought, Why don't we have a school play? I asked around- to see if there was interest. There was A LOT of interest... yet no one willing, brave, what-ever enough to take the lead and organize it. Lots of people willing to help- but no one wanted to shoulder the task of organizing this a week before our Fall break.
(gulp) So I stepped up.

I love - being behind the scene... and gathering people together to get this project rolling...

I loath at the idea of being the "face in front"

the person "running the show"... shall we say.

Yet that is my position.


It's that whole leadership challenge.

I'm up for the task. (that is my attempt at positive affirmations...)

"Because I am smart enough,

and skilled enough...

and by golly...

people like me"

(Okay- that is from an Old Saturday Night Live skit... )

THANKFULLY- I am working with a great group of kids and families and teachers and administrators.

Everyone is so supportive and willing to jump in and help out.

Serving isn't about showing off - though.
and you defiantly shouldn't try to be front and center when you are serving.
Often the most meaningful service- goes unnoticed.

In our Personal Progress book- they challenge us for two weeks to look for this kind of service- that often goes unnoticed... and record it in our journals.
Things like..
preparing meals, reading to a younger child, listening to a younger child...
holding a door open for someone, picking something up for someone
offering a friendly smile, a helping hand
jumping up to get someone a drink
When you look for it- ---you'll notice those moments...

Update: I had a lot of help! And we were able to pull it off! A week to write the script- and get key positions filled: director, music coordinator, set designer, costume designer, etc.. etc.. all the supplies, permission from the school, etc. etc. And then  4 days to practice- only spending 2 hours a day on rehearsals... with a performance on Friday. It was amazing... and happily this is now a beloved school tradition! Still going strong-- even after I am gone.

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