Because I shared my thoughts earlier this week in this post here, today’s post will be somewhat short. Sometimes it’s fairly easy for us to get caught up in the world. When that happens, we forget to keep up those important things that bring us closer to Christ and guide us through the dark times that are inevitable in this mortal life. We sometimes even forget that we need to make time to be strengthened physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The demands of life occasionally keep us so busy that the things that should be most important to us fall off the back of our wagons and lay forgotten along the side of a dusty dirt road in the middle of nowhere.
Abide With Me is one of my favorite Mormon Messages. It reminds me of two things. First, that my quiet example can impact someone’s life in a very strong way, just exactly when they need it. And second, it shows me that at the times when I am most overwhelmed with work, school, being social, and so forth are the times when I need to remember the basics the most – prayer, scripture study and attending church to partake of the sacrament and be spiritually fed by others’ testimonies. If I forget those things, I get upset, angry, frustrated, annoyed, impatient and flustered. The Spirit of the Lord isn’t able to be with us when we become that way.
All the Lord wants is to be with us always, so that He may teach us and help us grow so that we can become like Him and live with Him again. Isn’t that basically what any parent wants? For their children to become like them, or better, and to always be with them? John 17:3 states: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” In this verse, we’re taught how to gain eternal life. How are we to come to know God and Jesus Christ if we neglect to do the simple things we’ve been taught and given? The scriptures teach us about our Savior. They teach us how to be like Him. They teach us to turn to Him in times of darkness and trials. They teach us how He loves us. When we pray, we’re opening a line of communication to acknowledge that we at least want to know our Father in Heaven. Prayer teaches us on a very personal level who God is. It teaches us that He is aware of us and knows us perfectly. It teaches us that He gives us guidance if we just take the time to talk with Him and ask for it. Prayer teaches us that we are never alone, and it teaches us WHY He loves us. Attending church, particularly for the reason of partaking the sacrament, teaches us more abundantly of His love for us. It teaches us that there is hope to be had in the future because of what the Savior has done for us. It teaches us that we have others in our lives to lift us up and strengthen us when we have difficulty remembering to keep our faces looking towards the Savior.
The more I remember to make those three things a priority in my life, the more strongly I feel the guidance and companionship of the Holy Ghost. I know these things to be true because I have done them and continue to do them. Once I start to become irritated, frustrated or annoyed, I evaluate how my relationship with the Lord is at that particular moment. If it’s not where it needs to be, I go back to the basics and strengthen my habits of prayer, scripture study and church attendance.
My promise to you is that if you choose to make Prayer, Scripture Study and Church attendance a priority in your life, whether you’re Mormon or not, you WILL come to know who your Savior and Heavenly Father are on a much deeper level than you have ever known them previously. I promise that by choosing to have a deeper relationship with Them, you will be guided step by step in every aspect of your life.