Posts tagged service
Posts tagged service
This parable’s content is clearly practical and dramatic in its obvious meaning, but a time-honored Christian tradition also saw the parable as an impressive allegory of the Fall and Redemption of mankind. This early Christian understanding of the good Samaritan is depicted in a famous eleventh-century cathedral in Chartres, France. One of its beautiful stained-glass windows portrays the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden at the top of the window, and, in parallel, the parable of the good Samaritan at the bottom. This illustrates “a symbolic interpretation of Christ’s parable that was popular in the Middle Ages.” 2Seeing this window led me to wonder: what does the Fall of Adam and Eve have to do with the parable of the good Samaritan?
I have a challenge for all y’all. Don’t be hating, I have Southern relatives.
Anyway. I want to challenge everyone to do what you’re good at - what you do for fun, what you do to relax, what you do just because you always do it - but do it for inherently churchy reasons.
Like, if you take photos as a way to relax and express yourself, take photos of stuff they’re asking for at Create.LDS.org and submit them.
If you’re a wizard at making videos, same deal.
If you like sharing your life story, head on over to Mormon.org and create a profile.
If you enjoy drawing anime characters, do anime versions of Nephi and his family, or David in the lions’ den, or Solomon’s temple, or your local temple.
If, like me, you get a bizarre kick out of giving other people advice, look for questions people have in the tumblrstake, Mormon, and faith tags - and answer their questions.
If you’re a tad obsessive (also like me,) spend time tagging photos and indexing in the Vineyard.
If (again, like me, because it’s a lot easier to come up with ideas for yourself) you are a techie, sign up to do beta testing and other projects on the Tech.LDS.org site.
And so on. Come up with something you do, but do it for God and for the building up of His kingdom.
Basically, I’m saying, try to - just a little bit, as an experiment - live the law of consecration. To learn more (abstractly) about this principle, check out this article from Elder Steven D. Oveson, Personal Consecration.
But I think the best way to learn about it is to actually try it.
Listen to Stories from General Conference - Giving
God Will Lift Us Up
(don’t forget about Church part-time service opportunities, like helping to tag photos, submitting new music compositions, and more.)