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June 2, 2021 - We can't jump it alone

Each of us lives on a kind of spiritual credit. One day the account will be closed, a settlement demanded. However casually we may view it now, when that day comes and the foreclosure is imminent, we will look around in restless agony for someone, anyone, to help us.
And, by eternal law, mercy cannot be extended save there be one who is both willing and able to assume our debt and pay the price and arrange the terms for our redemption.
Unless there is a mediator, unless we have a friend, the full weight of justice untempered, unsympathetic, must, positively must fall on us. The full recompense for every transgression, however minor or however deep, will be exacted from us to the uttermost farthing.
But know this: Truth, glorious truth, proclaims there is such a Mediator.

Elder Boyd K. Packer, " The Mediator ", General Conference, April 1977

I, for one, live my life a bit complacent. I live assuming I will have another tomorrow. This is something I continually struggle with. I don't live 100% the way I should, 100% of the time.

Why? Is it too hard to be good? Is it too hard to choose the right?

We know that there is supposed to be opposition in all things. But have you noticed that one side of that opposition is always easy and convenient. Always.

The other side is hard. It requires effort and strength. It is always full of hurdles to jump over, and mountains to climb. Doing this demands we be in shape, or quickly gets us into shape if we want to continue forward.

But why is that? Who developed or created that law? Can't we just do nothing and become stronger for it, just by existing? Can't we just think about being better without putting in the work?

But this is a natural law....pushing against resistance always strengthens muscles. That's physics. So to grow, improve, and progress, we need to push against resistance, until there is no more resistance to push against.

But no matter how much we push, or how much we progress, we are still "unprofitable servants". We just cannot jump this hurdle alone, no matter how much we try to. We are doomed to pay the demands of justice without Someone stepping in to pay it for us, thereby taking upon Him every debt we owe.

That Someone exists today... He lives.

"He lives to comfort me when faint.

He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears.

He lives to wipe away my tears.

He lives to calm my troubled heart."

- Samuel Medley, Hymn 136

Together with our Redeemer, our Savior, our Brother, we can jump any and all hurdles before us.

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