It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daily barrage of headlines broadcasting tales of war, poverty, and tragic disaster. The world often appears to be crumbling into chaos.
But all hope is not lost. We can be an influence of peace to those around us. And our efforts,small though they may seem, have the potential to ripple into something far reaching.
For guidance in how to do this, we need to look no further than to the example of the Savior. Howard W. Hunter once taught that, “During both his mortal ministry among his flock in the Holy Land and in his postmortal ministry among his scattered sheep in the Western Hemisphere, the Lord demonstrated his love and concern for the individual.”
The woman who was healed after suffering an issue of blood, the widow who cast her mite, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead, are all examples of times Christ focused on individuals. And yet that focus quickly rippled to inspire and lift the masses.
Howard W. Hunter continued, “What a marvelous example for us to follow!” At every moment, our Savior lived “a life of reaching out in service to others,” and we can, too.
Start at Home
Where better to be an influence of peace than in your own home? Show patience to a family member whose actions may otherwise bother you. Surprise someone by making their bed or folding their laundry for them. Offer to do dinner cleanup instead of hopping on social media.
We need to remember that there are “many individuals who have what they perceive to be meager talents humbly and generously use those talents to bless the lives of those around them.” Using those talents to promote peace will slowly but surely wipe out the selfishness that is central in a chaotic world.
In Your Community
Our opportunities to encourage peace in our communities are as varied as the individuals who populate them. They can range from simple things, such as showing patience with the driver who cut you off in traffic, to more involved community service endeavors, such as organizing a canned food drive for your community food pantry or mentoring kids at a local school.
As you contemplate what you can do, remember the words of James, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
We can, like the Savior did, help multitudes by noticing, caring for, and serving individuals one at a time. “There is a serious need for the charity that gives attention to those who are unnoticed, hope to those who are discouraged, aid to those who are afflicted. True charity is love in action. The need for charity is everywhere.”
Charity will always be an opposite to chaos, and in the end, charity will never fail us.