See A Need, Fill A Need

A person who can see a need and fill a need is truly heroic.

To look beyond yourself, and beyond what is expected of you, takes godly character traits like initiative and compassion.

Initiative

Having initiative is recognizing and doing what needs to be done before you are asked to do it.

D&C 58:27-28
Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.

A list of needs would be endless, but just to get you thinking, consider these:

  • Emotional needs of others, maybe they need a friend to talk to or someone to cheer them up.
  • If there's work around the house or any place you are, be the one to do whatever needs to be done.
  • Lift another’s burden, you may join them in their work or offer to take over what someone is struggling to do.

The important thing is to observe the world around you and look for opportunities.  They are everywhere!

Compassion

When you have compassion you sense what others are feeling or experiencing and are motivated to do something to help them.

Jude 1:22
And of some have compassion, making a difference.

Mosiah 4:16
And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.

Remember the story that Jesus told of the good Samaritan, it was compassion that made him stop and care for one who was in need. The Lord exemplified this parable in His own life as He went about doing good. He teaches us to be like this.

Service

See a need fill a need is all about service. This kind of service feels really good because you are the one choosing to make a difference.

Mosiah 2:17
And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

Service is amazing because you are working with the High Commander to fill these needs, as He gives promptings through the Spirit. As you respond to God’s call to serve He will bless you and you will become someone that He can count on.

Blessings

It has been said that if you are depressed, or if you stand in need, serve. The more you serve the better you feel and the more you will see blessings.

Matthew 25:34-40
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

If you can think of every person that you serve as God’s child, you will soon come to realize the love that He has for them and for you. The service that you give is greatly appreciated by the Lord.

You can print up these See A Need, Fill A Need HERO posters to hang on your wall!