Friday, January 14, 2011

THE 72-HOUR RULE: THE FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT, I HAVE TO WEAR SHADES

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
A Bright Future for You
Your future is not determined by the conditions around you. It is determined by your faith, your choices, and your efforts. Yes, you live in challenging times, but so did Mary, Moroni, and Joseph Smith. You don’t have to be carried along in the current of the times. The Lord can and will help you set your own course. The challenges you face will serve to strengthen you as you move forward with your life. Each of you has a bright future, a future you cannot now fully comprehend. Paul V. Johnson, "Make Yours a Great Life", Ensign, Jan. 2011, 38–40
I read this awesome article in the latest Ensign, and I knew that the message was for me.
After I read it,then I read it twice and I shared it with my husband. In fact, this past Testimony Sunday, I bore my testimony on the truth of this article.
Sometimes we all feel sorry for ourselves, and I do at times. But to quote Oprah, I had an AHA moment. I can't in good faith do it anymore. I can ponder over my trials, and I can pray over them and then I can ask our Heavenly Father for guidance. But I can't whine anymore and if I do I will feel insincere. If I am overtaken in a problem or situation, I will ask for help, for prayers, for priesthood blessings, I will pray and believe. I will endure until the end. I will do my best not to whine or complain, I will speak only blessings. I will remember that this is what I signed up for. When I was in the Navy, a popular statement was this "Life Is hard and then you Die".
Well I suppose that is one way to look at it. Nephi son of Helaman seemed to allow himself a luxury moment to wish for the good old days
                Helaman 7:8-9
  • 7 Oh, that I could have had my days in the days when my father Nephi first came out of the land of Jerusalem, that I could have joyed with him in the promised land; then were his people easy to be entreated, firm to keep the commandments of God, and slow to be led to do iniquity; and they were quick to hearken unto the words of the Lord—
  • 8 Yea, if my days could have been in those days, then would my soul have had joy in the righteousness of my brethren.
  • 9 But behold, I am consigned that these are my days, and that my soul shall be filled with sorrow because of this the wickedness of my brethren.
Elder Johnson answers that statement with this:
……."You don’t have to be carried along in the current of the times. The Lord can and will help you set your own course"

Sometimes my husband and I will have conversations of future good days, and what if days, and when we pay this bill off days. We seemed to be content of waiting for those future good old days, and in effect not living to the fullest, in the present good day. We are in effect, believing the lies of the Adversary
"There are no better days than these days, because “these are [your] days” (Helaman 7:9). You are here on earth at this time for a reason. You have what it takes. You have skills, knowledge, and natural talents given to you from God. If you live righteously, you will have access to the inspiration and strength you will need to triumph over any challenge you face. You will have the protection of a worthy life; guidance from the Lord through the Holy Ghost and prophets, seers, and revelators; and the power of sacred promises that are yours because you keep your covenants." Paul V. Johnson, "Make Yours a Great Life", Ensign, Jan. 2011, 38–40
These are the good old days.
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