Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Scattering Sunshine, all along your way

The idea for my own blog was inspired by two things.  First, one of my friends, who is currently a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, posted a comment on his own blog using lures and fishing as a metaphor for temptation.  I posted my own comment on the same.  Second is an LDS Hymn, which is the namesake of my blog.

I love this hymn, but the sad thing is that it is not well known.  Found in the LDS Hymnal as Hymn #230, its message is one of gladness, happiness, and good cheer.

"In a world of sorrow Ever shall be known,
Where are found the needy And the sad and lone,
How much joy and comfort You can all bestow,
If you scatter sunshine Ev'rywhere you go"

Such a true statement.  This is a world of sorrow, or at least one where sorrows exist and abound.  We often will see homeless people roaming the streets, panhandling, or finding a place to bed down for the night, having nowhere else to go.  How much joy and comfort could you bestow by scattering sunshine, or at least doing everything you can to spread cheer and happiness?

"Slightest actions often Meet the sorest needs,
For the world wants daily Little kindly deeds.
Oh, what care and sorrow You may help remove,
With your songs and courage, Sympathy and love.

When the days are gloomy, Sing some happy song;
Meet the world's repining With a courage strong.
Go with faith undaunted Through the ills of life;
Scatter smiles and sunshine O'er its toil and strife."

The next time you feel down, count your blessings instead of dwelling on the bad things.  It's not worth your time.  Smile, and move on with your life.  Spread a little sunshine, do a little service, and kick the sorrow out the window!  Give everything you try your best effort and then you won't have any regrets.  Live life well and in a spirit of gladness.

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