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March 24, 2020 – Spiritual Vision

“When I was a boy, I used to ride my bicycle home from basketball practice at night. I would connect a small pear-shaped generator to my bicycle tire. Then as I pedaled, the tire would turn a tiny rotor, which produced electricity and emitted a single, welcome beam of light. It was a simple but effective mechanism. But I had to pedal to make it work! I learned quickly that if I stopped pedaling my bicycle, the light would go out. I also learned that when I was “anxiously engaged” in pedaling, the light would become brighter and the darkness in front of me would be dispelled.”

  1. Elder Robert D. Hales, “Out of Darkness into His Marvelous Light”, General Conference, April 2002

This is a simple parable that illustrates perfectly the need to continuously generate light by constantly pedaling.

We all absolutely need spiritual light to find our way through the darkness. We all know that light dispels darkness. Even a flicker of light can be seen in utter darkness. However, it must grow brighter to vanquish the darkness completely.

Spiritual light from the Holy Ghost removes spiritual darkness from Satan. The two cannot occupy the same space. We are in a constant struggle between light and darkness. The stronger of the two will eventually overtake the other.

So, two thoughts here. One, we need to constantly, I mean constantly without stopping even a second, be pedaling spiritually so we can see in front of us through the darkness. Spiritual pedaling involves the usual…scripture study, prayer, paying tithing, observing the sabbath, etc., even drawing closer to Christ.

My second thought, is the we can’t just pedal, but pedal with our might. The harder and more force we move our legs on those pedals, the brighter the light in front of us, the more the darkness is dispelled, and the easier we can see.

Therefore, pedaling with our might, mind, and strength equals less strain on our spiritual eyes to see. Hence, 20-20 vision.


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