To help us to remain fixed and heading in the right direction, the Savior invites us to see our lives through Him, in order to see more of Him in our lives.
Tracy Y. Browning. General Conference October 2022, Saturday Morning Session
I know it's been a while since I've done a Daily Thought. I do these thoughts because it's brings my mind to ponder things that really matter in this life. And, I've been feeling disconnected from what really matters.
This sentence by Sister Browning caught my attention this morning. How many of us see our own life as Christ sees it? Or...are we so distracted with the "now", trying to get through today's challenges? Are we so tired in our struggles that we think that this is going to take a while, even throughout the rest of our lives...instead of pondering why it's happening in the first place? It could take a while if we only focused on the challenge, right? So it seems.
I get so focused on doing those things I must do, such as reading scripture, praying, etc. I was talking with my brother Brandon the other day and we discussed that sometimes being obedient for the sake of being obedient can pull our focus away from Christ and what really matters. Is that a tool of the adversary? But checking off an item on our to-do is a good thing, right? Not always the best thing. Reminds me of the talk by President Oaks..."Good, Better, Best".
In comparison to all eternity, everything that we go through is only a blip in the plan. It seems forever, but it's not. This should be our mindset. We need to see our life and everything we go through and everything we've gone through from an eternal perspective. No matter how mundane it appears. That's how Christ sees us. He sees us for what we can be, not for what we are now. I think too often we see ourselves as the latter.
THERE IS A REASON FOR OUR SUFFERING! There is a reason we are in the fire. Without that burning, sometimes excruciating heat, we would not be shaped to live in the Celestial Kingdom. Keep going!! It will be over before we know it.
Last thought....I thought it interesting that President Nelson's statement years ago was quoted at least 3 times today alone. "In the coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without... the Holy Ghost!" Is the Lord trying to emphatically warn us of something without straight out trying to influence our free agency? In any case, we would be wise to listen and do.
"O be wise, what can I say more?" - Jacob 6:12