Just like every week, I again hope this week that you yourselves had a good week! Too much? Maybe. Anyways, this has been a busy one! We have been here and there and everywhere trying to help as many people as we can. Sometimes it seems like we accomplish so little, but then we have to sit back and take a look at what we have accomplished. In fact, I suggest to you all to take some time to do that! Some time to simply sit back and evaluate where you are in your life- what you have accomplished, what you hope to accomplish, and what you need to do for those hopes and dreams to be realised. I don’t know why this is hitting me so hard right now, but I feel that for the first time in my life, I have had my own little epiphany about what I want to do in life. Of course I have always had ideas and dreams and hope and all that good stuff, but I have never actually thought about the logistics and how these things would happen. I just kinda assumed they would… But, it does not work that way!
So we need to prepare. We need to prepare for the future. I know I have said this before, but when we prepare, it shows our faith that we actually believe the thing we are preparing for will happen. As a result, God can bless us with an increased ability to do that thing. So who is preparing for? For the child who still has all of his life to live? Or is it for the older man who thinks he has seen and done it all? In truth, preparation is for us all. We are never done preparing for the future because the future is and always will be there. Rather we are 8 or 80, we always have more ahead. Of course preparing for this mortal life is important, but is it not more important to remember that the entire purpose of this mortal life is to prepare us for the life after? With so much ahead of us, it seems like preparation is a key aspect of this life, and the life to come, and it is!
So take some time and think about areas in your life that you need to be more prepared in. By so doing, you will have more success, less unnecessary stress, and greater happiness. Its true! Also, I love you all!
Well! This past week was very very good! Of course, there are those days where it seems like EVERYTHING goes wrong, but, all in all, it was a good week! Recently in our area, our friends that are preparing for baptism have been experiencing some real opposition from places that, as missionaries, we feel so limited to help in. In these times, Elder Coleman and I have had to remember to have faith, and to remember that through faith, anything is possible. Literally anything. Along with faith though, HAS to come humility. There are times in our lives when we think we know what we want. We think we know why we want it. We think we know when we want it (usually NOW). But, the truth is, we are so narrow minded! As one apostle put it, “We see things in terms of yesterday and today, our Heavenly Father sees things in terms of forever.” Isn’t that a truth we could benefit by remembering? When we remember that our Father knows best, and when we remember that He does ALL things for OUR good, then we remember that no matter what, in the end, everything will work out.
A dear friend of mine had some interesting thoughts to offer on this subject:
“Christ drank the dregs of the bitter cup, but did not become bitter. Now me, I even catch a whiff of that bitter cup and I’m like “Hmm, yeah so Father I was thinking, ya know this whole drinking this thing..how about we toss it out, and pour me some Yoohoo?”
This is like so many of us! Forgetting that everything the Father offers is always for our good. But that is why we are learning to become more like the Saviour. To trust more perfectly, to love more perfectly, to believe more perfectly. I agree with this friend of mine who continues to say that we have to learn to accept each and every trial and face them with hope and with faith. To learn to say, “come what may,” and love it.
I love you all!