Jan 27, 2015

Madness with a Little Faith.

Recent years have been interesting. Long story short a few years ago I became reactive in my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The journey and decision wasn't an easy one. I came back to school here at BYU-Idaho and that has brought on its own trials. As those struggles came I found myself relying heavily on Heavenly Father and trusting in him and my Savior, Jesus Christ. This has been an incredible building and strengthening time for me. 

Recently I have included something in my prayers that I hadn't before, I have asked Heavenly Father to put me where I need to be to serve and help others. Man, has he answered those prayers. I really think he has a little too much trust in me and my capabilities. I have always believed in the saying "If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it." And that has proven to be so true especially in my life as I look at the tasks and responsibilities piling on. 

I recently had an experience to visit someone in the hospital. She had been in a bad car accident and had been transferred to a hospital about 30 mins outside of our small town. As I went to visit her I wasn't sure what to expect. She was in great spirits despite the oxygen tubes, neck brace, and bleeding in her brain. I have never felt so much love for someone than I did in that moment. It made every LITTLE struggle or annoyance seem so insignificant. This girl taught me the true meaning of faith and trust in God. Despite her current state she was upbeat and full of life. 

That day was rough for me, I was worried about her all day until I got to the hospital, 7 hours after she had been there. I had classes, work, group work, and my phone was constantly going off with texts and calls. And the stress of that day all went away the second I was able to be with this girl and talk with her.

Yeah, I skipped a homework assignment in the stress of that day but I really don't care. Reality is, it doesn't matter. My grade won't even suffer as a result. And so what if it did. 

But as I was going through the day I had all sorts of people asking for help with things that didn't really matter or seem remotely relevant to me. I feel bad now because I was not as Christ-like to those people as I could have been but, I am only one person. 

One of the leaders in our church came to speak at our weekly devotional today. Elder Russell M. Nelson who serves in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said a few things I want to share with you.
The Lord has more in mind for you than you do for yourself. You can do hard things. You can literally shape the destiny of the entire human family. YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
So, the takeaway? Love everyone. You never know what is going on in their day. Reach out to those that you can. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Relying on God is a good place to start.

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