Two months, ago, I was asked to speak at a women’s conference. My friend Liesl, who was also the leader of our church woman’s organization, asked me to speak.

Liesl asked me to prepare a 20-minute presentation on service. She specifically asked me to share my thoughts and experiences on “how has serving others strengthened you during a challenge or struggle.”

I used to be called upon to speak, rather regularly – until I had eight children.

For 30 years, the speaking engagements subsided. Now I have 17 grandchildren, with another on the way. Woohoo!

Anyway, back to my presentation. I was excited to speak about the blessings of service. I’d like to share a few of my thoughts with you.

This was how I began my presentation.

“We as women should be the most loving, charitable people on the earth.”

I followed with a test, to see how they were doing.

I asked my audience if, during week before the conference, they were the “most loving” in their day-to-day activities, which included driving, shopping, work, church, home and community.

I saw a few snickers.

I reminded them that our “world is desperate for more loving people” and “how our communities are filled with great selfishness and it is growing worse by the day.”

I jumped right into, “I’m sure you have all heard the term ‘bucket list.’”

“For those who haven’t, it is a list of things which you have not done, but which you'd like to do, before you die.”

“Well”, I said to my conference attendees, “I could not locate, anywhere in Scripture, where the Lord instructed us to create and complete a bucket list, before we left this earth.”

“However, while searching the Bible for the ‘bucket list’ term, I did find several hundred instructions about being loving and charitable.”

“Ladies, we each have a certain number of years, on this earth. Shouldn’t we use our energy by filling our buckets with loving kindness, charity and serving others?”

“Just how critical is charity to our life, our family, and our neighbors.”

“What would this world be like if we used pure love or charity in everything which we did? Can you imagine the impact?”

“What better way to prepare out children, each day, to practice the golden rule and the Lord’s admonition with, ‘all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them’ (Matthew 7:12).”

Well, I don’t have 20 minutes to give you my entire presentation. However, keep in mind these things.

Readers, we don’t need to collect tangible goods and ship them overseas. We don’t need warehouses, or fundraising or transportation. We simply need to be responsive to any need that comes our way.

Friends, this is my challenge to you for the next week.

Let’s all try to be the “most loving” in our homes, and communities and watch how the days improve. Bringing peace to the soul and love to the hearts of all we come in contact with will surely bless our lives.

Thanks, Liesl!

Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.