I just finished typing an entry on my other blog about my personal feelings about the elections in America that will soon be over. I’m going to touch on the same subject here, but from a totally different perspective.
As both a spectator of the political circus of the past few months and a participant in the election process, I have lots of concerns. This is the first time that I have observed nastiness over elections trickle down to elementary-aged children. When they are 10 and under, I have to believe that they are mimicking the adults in their lives. I also recently ran across a news article that claimed gun sales in the United States are exploding. I have a hard time believing that hunting is now the national pasttime, which means that people are either panicking over the fear of excessive government control, or they are planning riots.
Any way I look at it, I see unrest and unease.
Even so, we are called to have peace. As the Savior was leaving his disciples in the New Testament, he spoke these words:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart betroubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
Following the Savior doesn’t necessarily protect us from bad things or from the bad (or even evil) choices of others. That’s what the Savior was talking about when he said his peace is “not as the world giveth.” We can have a peace that goes far beyond the absence of war and mortal prosperity.
The key is to remember the eternal perspective. Although I can’t remember when he gave the talk, Jeffrey R. Holland once said that we know who wins the game — the final score is already on the scoreboard. The surprising thing is how many of us are still down on the field trying to decide whose jersey we want to wear.
By choosing Christ and doing what it takes to walk the path of disicpleship, I have gained a peace that I never before imagined existed. I don’t know the future. I have a child that I worry will end up finally calling me from jail if she doesn’t die first. I make mistakes as a woman, a teacher, and a wife. All of these things could steal the peace that I have found.
Instead, I have learned to remember that Christ has atoned, and will set things right either here or in the eternities. He has promised that he will take my honest and best offerings to do right and be right in my heart and magnifiy them. When I no longer have the power to help, he has all power. Where I can no longer set things right, he will make up the difference. He IS the difference.
Modern-day prophets have spoken repeatedly about how to find peace no matter how troubled things are in the world. Here’s a sampling: