A few times in my life I’ve had people suggest that maybe my religion isn’t really working for me or that I’m putting extraordinary amounts of time and effort into my church.
I have to admit that I put in more than many people, but I don’t see it as a waste of my time, a burden, or an obligation. I see it as the source of the deep happiness that I now experience in my life. It’s exactly like King Benjamin told his people in Mosiah 2: I can’t outgive the Lord. He has blessed me with everything I have, and when I try to do the things he asks of me, he piles on more blessings!
What I’ve gained from following Christ:
- Healing: If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I have struggled to overcome codependency. I’m not completely healed, and I may never be. But, I know that I would have never even recognized the problem if it wasn’t for Christ and the teachings of his restored gospel.
- Perspective: Truly living as a disciple of Christ means seeing life differently from the way I am naturally inclined to see it. Big problems aren’t quite so big because I know that there is life beyond mortality. Things that don’t make sense when just looking at the here and now do make sense when seen from the eternal view.
- Strength: Knowing that I can always turn to Christ for comfort and direction helps me keep going, even when it’s incredibly hard.
- Courage: Like strength, knowing that I will receive warnings before I make major mistakes, that he will guide my good intentions, and that the Lord can turn all things for my good takes a lot of the fear and worry out of my daily living.
- Joy: I know that I have something special, and that brings me joy. Also, just living so that the Holy Spirit can always be with me brings joy: joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit.
- Love: The constant influence of the Holy Spirit has also increased my ability to drop my protective walls, stop finding reasons to push people away, and just open myself to love what is good about everyone.
- Gratitude: Knowing that I enjoy all of these things and more fills me with thankfulness for all of the richness of my life.
So, no, I don’t have everything that money can buy, and I’m making some sacrifices that other people might not make to make ends meet. I spend my time in ways that puzzle other people. In the end, I’m the one who’s receiving.
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