Our Corder Family Motto is “Give More Than You Take.” I often say “Life is Good.” I am happy, healthy and I am blessed beyond belief. And I love to serve. At Kaju AZ we do a service project every quarter, but honestly, I want to do one every day! Service makes me happy. It helps me take the focus off my own problems in my daily life. It isn’t always easy to think about someone else and their needs when my own seem overwhelming. But this is the precise time that I try to help someone else and it gives me such better perspective and understanding!
One of my biggest blessings is having two sons who love to serve. Try it out – ask Sifu Nic to put up your Christmas lights and he will do it, even in July. Or mow your lawn. Or help you move, even in 120-degree heat. Just recently after breaking his shoulder he still insisted on helping me move gravel in our yard.
Our youngest, Sibak Cam has been on a two-year, full-time service mission for our Church. From his letters I know he feels enriched beyond measure. Most 18-year old high school graduates can’t or won’t put their lives on hold do such work. He left behind his friends, job, technology, and deferred his ASU scholarship to be able to serve the people of the Dominican Republic.
Service has a big payout on all levels. Nothing feels quite as good as serving. It warms our hearts and often our muscles. Seeing someone benefit from service is amazing!
Our family has been richly blessed as we have served others and our community. I don’t say this to receive an accolade or pat on the back. I say this in hopes of motivating others to forget themselves for a minute, an hour, a day and serve! The Corder family has been blessed with health, financial means for our needs, great businesses, amazing relationships and it can all be traced back to serving others.
Gordon B. Hinckley said it best: “The happiest people I know are those that lose themselves in the service of others.”
Life is good. Be happy. Serve.