I love this Book of Mormon video!
I am intrigued by Abinadi’s story and how God always wants to give us a second chance to change.
How do you feel about second chances?
I wish King Noah would take up God’s invitation to make a U-turn.
A quote worthy of it’s own post.
I’m sure I’m not alone -at least I hope I am not alone- in the quest to overcome my weaknesses and parts about myself that I’m not so proud of. And frankly, God is not impressed with either.
But it’s just so difficult to shake them! To rid myself of them. To forsake them and never return to them.
However, I came across a quote today that reminded me again that there is hope for me to change, to mend the gap that is always before me.
There is hope in true and permanent change. HE is the way, the only way.
“We can change our behavior. Our very desires can change.
…True change -permanent change- can come only through the healing, cleansing, and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ…
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of change!”
Russell M. Nelson “Decisions for Eternity”
As a little girl, my Dad was my hero and my world. I never wanted to disappoint him as I loved him too much and I knew he loved me, just as much.
My Dad helped me through so many scary and hard journeys in my childhood, teenage years, and as an adult. I always could rely on my Dad being my ROCK, the steady-Eddy, a voice of reason, and a soft place to fall. With him, I was always guaranteed a hug that made me remember how much I was loved, and that anything I was worried about would somehow “work out”.
My Dad had that kind of calming effect on me. His influence and love has helped to shape me. He always pointed me to THE rock, Jesus Christ, through his example, words, and unselfish sacrifice for family and God. Whatever good I have accomplished in the life I have lived, I was first influenced by my Dad.
In The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, there is a place where a son talks about the influence of his father. In Enos 1:1, it states:
“Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—“
That impact from his father would ultimately bring Enos closer to the Savior by helping Enos repent and then desire to be a better person. That is how my Dad influenced me, “and blessed be the name of my God for it—“!!
So Dad, even though it has been hard having you gone these last couple of years, very hard, I will try to focus my heart on what you taught me so I can pass on your love of God and family to others. I want to keep your influence moving forward to bless my children, grandchildren, and generations beyond.
“…blessed be the name of my God for…”
righteous influential fathers.
I don’t know why, but these three quotes are what I needed to hear. Maybe someone else is needing them too.
Don’t give up.
Don’t let the weight you’re carrying sink you.
You are stronger than you think.
A while back, I was heading down the freeway here in Tucson. A message on the ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) overhead sign caught my attention. Usually these signs display common cliches that promote safe driving…kind of like this message-
Huh. What a nice and catchy resolution to use your blinker.
The one I saw said,
“Eyes up. Phones down. Just drive.”
Pretty straight forward and simple I would say, and very unremarkable.
But for some reason immediately it started me pondering.
Not only was I reminded to drive more carefully, as everyone needs to hear that, but it was a spiritual message for me that day.
“Eyes up. Phones down. Just drive.”
I thought of the propensity and habit I have developed over time to keep my eyes down watching a device to de-stress from the “to do’s” of life.
Everyone who has technology is guilty of this, the immediate impulse and dependence to use our devices to cope and escape from our uncomfortable realities.
How many times do we find ourselves constantly checking our screens instead of checking the people and needs around us?
Why are we so easily drawn away to the cyberspace abyss and not pulled into the people and real life right in our front rooms?
That drive on the freeway awakened my desire to look up, be intentional with my time, and connect and be engaged with the PEOPLE around me more than I am with my screens.
JUST LIVE, JUST LOVE, JUST SERVE.