Kindness is not necessarily nice, but striving to be kind is much more virtuous that merely being nice. Truth can be kind, but truth is often not nice.
Wisdom is not easily obtained, but it is worthy to seek.
There will be times when we will plant the seed.
There will be times when we will harvest.
However most of our time will be spent providing nourishment and care for the garden.
Ministering to the needs of others requires an open mind, a loving heart, and unfettered time.
Unlike in the structured world of employment, ministering in not as much about solving problems as it is about providing what is needed.
Identifying a problem is easy; identifying a need is much more complicated. Sometimes the need may be as simple as having someone take the time to listen.
Problems are so much easier to solve after the needs are addressed – after the time, love, and companionship is freely given.
Mary must have had such faith in her God, and in her Savior, in order to endure the worry and agony resulting from her child’s mortal path.
It takes courage and it takes perseverance to make a change – and many more hard-fought battles after the first has ended.
With integrity and with wisdom, seek excellence.