Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Serve Others And Put On A Few Pounds

We all know that the more we eat, the fatter we get. It is a discouraging thought. After all, if you are like me, you like to eat. I’ve spent half my life eating and the other half trying to take off the pounds I’ve put on by eating! But there is comfort in the thought that while it is healthier to keep our bodies slim and trim, the spirit is healthiest when nice and fat. We can indulge all we want in the things that make our spirits grow!

I have a favorite quote by Spencer W. Kimball that explains this joyful principle. “The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. We become more significant individuals as we serve others—indeed, it is easier to ‘find’ ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!” (Ensign, Dec. 1974, p. 2).

So, serve, rejoice, and be merry! Serve, and let the spiritual pounds pile on. Serve, and let the spirit’s girth expand. Serve, and never feel a moment of guilt or regret. Just drink in the joy!



Becky Rose said...

It's with these scriptures that I like to justify being fat. HEHE.

Isa. 55: 2
2 Wherefore do ye aspend money for that which is not bread? and your blabour for that which satisfieth not? hearken cdiligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
2 Ne. 9: 51
51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your alabor for that which cannot bsatisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and cfeast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.

Anonymous said...

I read your blogs everyday in my cubicle @ work. My experiences/frustrations/or just plain thougts/wonders almost always line up with yours. It is through your writings that I can help find clarity in the moment, a reason to smile, and moment to be thankful for, and the courage to be happy! So while I may not comment as often as I 'should,' thank you & continue writing for Jesus.

P.S. I carry you in my prayers.

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Becky, Thank you for the added verses on gaining a fat soul. I love them!

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Anonymous, Thank you so much for leaving a comment and for stopping by every day. It is encouraging that someone is actually reading what I write! You made my day. Please feel free to comment more. I love it. And most of all thank you for the prayers. I've felt the prayers and know it is why I can still see. I will be forever grateful.

Wendi said...

I love that quote by President Kimball and I've always liked those verses that Becky added as well. :)

SMJ said...

Wendi, It is a great quote. Thanks for daily stopping by!

Cathy said...

I love Spencer W. Kimball- I think he knew everything

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Cathy, He left some wonderful writings for us. He is one of my favorites, also!