What To Do When Life Happens

It’s amazing the consequences that Mother Nature can cause, both directly and indirectly.

This past week we had a snowstorm that dumped about 30 inches of snow. As you can imagine, most folks, at some point, were out in their driveways with snow shovels, snow blowers, and snow plows trying to remove all of the white stuff so they could use their cars and get from their doors to the mailbox. 

I started thinking of all of the consequences this event brought with it. You have the retailers who see a spike in sales of snow shovels, snow blowers, salt, ice melt, snow clothing, snow tires, and heck–maybe even hot chocolate. They are happy. On the flip side, you see people suffering from more accidents (which may even cause loss of life), delayed traffic, canceled outings, and higher electrical or gas bills. They are not happy. 

Amidst it all is always an opportunity to help, to serve, and uplift. I’m always impressed with people’s willingness to serve. Not only does it make them feel good inside, it blesses the recipient as well. I saw and heard of many such incidents last week. Once people got done with their own driveways, they moved on to clear someone else’s. My family and I were recipients of such kindness ourselves by a good brother who had probably spent most of the day engaged in bigger snow removal tasks, but who took the time to help us with our driveway (which is rather large and windy and often too big a task for a small blade-equipped 4-wheeler). Just as I personally got done doing as much as I could do before my arms and back were about to breakdown, up came this good man who finished the job with his more than capable tractor. 

And so life is in general. Things happen. They always do. And usually they have both positive and negative consequences. What a blessing to see the positive! To get involved, to help, to feel good, and be a positive force for good. As King Mosiah of old once said “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.”

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