Amy Rees Anderson

Get Your Sparkle On!

I have a great story to share with you today – it is a story that was shared with me tonight and it totally inspired me to want to GET MY SPARKLE ON!  Hopefully sharing it with you will inspire you to GET YOUR SPARKLE ON too!

Going into this school year my daughter set a goal for herself to try and find someone she could perform an act of service for each day during her senior year of high school.  So each day before she leaves home she says a quick prayer asking Heavenly Father to help her notice someone she can help that day.  Tonight she came home from school and shared today’s experience with me:  When she arrived in the lunch room with some of her friends she noticed a younger girl sitting all alone at a table.  She recognized that this was an opportunity for her to serve so she and her friends went and asked if they could sit with this girl to eat their lunch.  The young girl was clearly shy and feeling awkward about sitting alone, but nodded yes to them.  The girls sat down and began a conversation to get to know her better.  It turned out the young girl was a brand new student who had just moved to Utah from Korea last week.  She didn’t speak very good English yet, which contributed to her shyness and she was brand new to the school, just starting her sophomore year.  It was clear she felt embarrassed at being all alone and not having friends yet.  As they all ate lunch together and talking they discovered that today was this new girls 16th birthday….

I am sure that this young girl was so incredibly grateful for the friendship my daughter and her friends showed to her, but the person who benefited the very most from the experience was my daughter.  It touched her so much to see that when we seek out opportunities to serve others, the Lord will help guide us to find those situations.  She loved meeting this new girl and she felt her own life was improved greatly by having met her.  She shared with me that each day she has looked to serve someone she has ended up making more and more friends in her life and it has really opened her eyes to just amazing it is to expand your circle of valued friends.  I could visibly see the sparkle in my daughters face as she shared how much she treasured the blessings coming back to her from serving others.

Just hearing about her experience today touched my life and it inspired me to want to start doing the same thing she does of starting each day asking God to help me recognize the opportunity to serve another in my day.  Heck, I want to have that same sparkle that my daughter has when I come home at night!

Knowing how much it inspired me to hear about it, I decided that I should share it with all of you reading this blog too, as perhaps it will motivate more of us to wake up each day eager to find the opportunity to serve someone that day.  Then all of us can have the *SPARKLE*

Have a great day everyone!  Now go GET YOUR SPARKLE ON!!!

~Amy

5 Comments

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