In our own way, we have the power to do what Christ did. We have the power to serve in little moments every day. How long does it take to pat your teenager on the back and say, “I’m proud of you, son”? A split second. How long does it take to smile at the grocery clerk? A split second. How long does it take to tell your assistant that she did a great job? A split second.
That split second of service can be an amazing gift for you and for others. Indeed, Jesus told us clearly that we are to follow His example: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do” (3 Nephi 27:21).
Now clearly, we may not be called upon to heal the leper or raise the dead, but we can do His works. His works were to minister to the needs of those around him, moment by moment, person by person. We can do that. His works are to spread love and kindness and care and teaching. We can do that.
So how do we go about it? I would like to suggest a little experiment. Decide right now that you will give away five split seconds a day. Raise your hand and repeat after me: “I, [fill in your name], pledge to give away five split seconds a day.”
Now, imagine your morning. You remember your pledge and begin looking for opportunities to give away your split seconds. Perhaps you say to your spouse or roommate, “Wow, you are looking fantastic today!” How will their day begin then? They’ll be off to work or school with their head held high and a smile on their face!