Too often we get tangled in the mess of life. And it happens so quickly and almost without notice.
Every choice we make will either bring us higher or pull us down lower. Sometimes, with our peers around us, it becomes difficult to know which choice will be for our good.
Often we make the wrong choice because it is the popular thing to do. Or perhaps we do these things because we are desperate and we need a quick fix, the easy cure. These bring us only momentary pleasure. Then when the fame is gone, those feelings of pleasure begin to fade and we find ourselves in a bind.
Ignoring the issue will only make the problem worse, but we are afraid to face the enviable slow healing process because it is painful and can even be heartbreaking to you or to others.
If we turn to the Savior, He will heal us and make us whole. He will free us of guilt and shame and lead us to what will ultimately bring us to true happiness.
Yes, it can and likely will be painful, but it is far better than feeling the fear, shame and guilt of breaking God’s commandments, and it will not last.
The Savior wants us to be happy. As we keep His commandments and repent when we do wrong, then we will be free to live life to the fullest and we will find true peace and happiness doing so.
Many think of the commandments given to men by God as restrictions. Rules that hinder our free will, but if we really look at them they do just the opposite.
Because I keep the commandments, I not addicted to harmful substances that destroy my health and shorten my life.
Because I keep the commandments, I am not in jail for stealing or murder. I can walk freely down the street, greeting police friendly and I am not afraid of them, but know they are there to protect me.
Because I keep the commandments, I have a good relationship with my parents and speak many things openly with them and trust their opinions and advice.
Because I keep the commandments, I am sexual pure and do not have to worry about STDs.
Because I keep the commandments, my friends know they can trust me and I have their respect.
Because I keep the commandments, I know that God is my loving Father in Heaven. He cares for me daily and loves me more than I imagine.
Because I keep the commandments, I am happy and know where I can turn for peace and comfort.
I love The Gospel of Jesus Christ! And I love His commandments!
Every year around this time, people make New Year’s resolutions, but most don’t keep them. So… What’s the point in setting the goal in the first place?
I’ll tell you.
Goals are essentially hopes that want you to make actions. So if you don’t set goals, what does that tell you about your own thought concerning the future?
Even if you do not end up completely the desired goal, if you have hard your hardest and improved yourself even slightly. If you are doing a little bit better than before, than you are succeeding.
Success cannot be measured by comparing yourself to the world around you. Try as you might, there is probably always going to be someone better than you. But when you compare where you are at to where you were, that is when success is found. And that is all our Father in Heaven asks of us.
He knows how great we can be, and that is what He wants for us. He wants us to continually improving ourselves, little by little. And with His help, we can do it. As we a line our views to His, and set daily goals to improve ourselves, then we truly succeed.
You control your actions, but sometimes, we wait until we are acted upon. We allow others to determine our fate, because we are either not willing to take command or we believe we are not worthy or ready.
Do not let your situation control you. Be the leader of your own life. Step up and take command. Your Heavenly Father loves you and will support you in any righteous act.
Love Him and yourself enough to use the agency He gave you to be better than your situation, no matter what it is. You can be happy, but you must choose to be.
A new missionary pin on his badge,
All shiney and bright.
He wore it proudly
As he toiled both morning and night.
As the weeks passd slowly, and day merged into day,
this little greenie had nothing to do but pray.
His badge was now tarnished.
His proud spirit broken.
His sore feet was his only token.
No one would listen.
No one would hear.
No one allowed that Holy Spirit near.
“Why, O God?” The missionary cried. “Why send me here?
I’ve used all my smarts, but they’ll never change.
Lord, send me away.
There is no work to be done in the vineyard today.”
Then a voice came with a heavenly sound.
It comforted the child the whole world ’round.
“Be still, my son. Humble your heart,
And show me willingness to do your part.
Peace, my child. Dry your eyes.
Remember I am by your side.
I will show you what My hand can get.
You are not defeated yet.”
With new vigor, the missionary sprang to his feet.
With God as his sheild, nothing couldn’t be beat.
He rose to the task, both body and soul.
He spoke, but a little and let the Spirit flow.
Disappointment still came. His faith was still tried,
But never, never did it break his stride.
-Clorisa Hansen 7/26/13