COMMENT ON THIS POST something you are grateful for right now.
I am writing this on a Sunday though and Sunday is truly the greatest day of the week. We have the incredible opportunity to partake of the holy sacrament and renew our baptismal covenants. I am grateful every time to go to church and feel the Spirit of the Lord. I'm always learning.
A lot of things have been on my mind lately.. But, the first is that I am beyond blessed. I can not comprehend God's love for me because it is so vast and eternal. The best part is that He loves all of His children-- that means you, too! We are all spirit sons and daughters of Heavenly parents.
The other thing that has been on my mind is how not everybody KNOWS that they are blessed. WE HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE.. and we all seem to take it for granted way too often. But, is my life that great? Couldn't my life be mediocre and average? IT COULD.. but only if you label it as such. We have DIVINE POTENTIAL. Stop looking in the past to figure out your future. Start today. Be positive and have faith in Heavenly Father that He will guide you to be who you are supposed to be. You are so much more than just a label. I also love the saying "It's a bad day, not a bad life."
I had two people ask me yesterday at two different times, "How life was going?" for me. I replied, honestly.. 'WONDERFULLY." Both immediately told me that was great.. but that just means something bad is around the corner. They were implying that life was just a bunch of ups and downs. That because my life was so amazing right now, it couldn't possibly stay that way. I WAS SHOCKED. They have no idea how negative I saw those remarks. I have NEVER looked at life like that..(which I am grateful for). There is no doubt that LIFE IS DIFFICULT. We deal with trials, problems, and hardships on a daily basis! More than half the time.. IT ISN'T EVEN OUR FAULT. Half the time, life can seem so unfair. It's overwhelming, trying, and simply not as "wonderful" as I make it out to be. BUT GUESS WHAT? It's all about the way you think of it.
You can choose to have a wonderful life even when all the bad things are happening. You can choose to focus on the good. It is because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He atoned for the sins of all mankind. This isn't a light matter. This is everything to us. If we repent and follow all the commandments, we will be saved. Through Christ, He will make weak things strong. We can progress. We can learn. We can conquer. Just because everything is going so well in life, DOES NOT mean it is only for a short time. We can find hope, truth, and light even in the hardest of times. I know that to be true. God loves all of His children and He will never forget you. Let's remember to never forsake Him.
So, my life is wonderful now. AND IT CAN CONTINUE TO BE WONDERFUL. I have to trust God and press forward.. even through the storms of life. We will endure! We don't need to be worried about the future and waiting for something AWFUL to happen. That's just not fun at all.
And maybe, you all think I'm crazy. Maybe.. I am just too happy. MAYBE, you're right. But, I have sincerely tried it. I have prayed for comfort to be happy and find joy in the journey. AND IT WORKS. With the craziness of life, you can still proudly exclaim "My life is going wonderfully." (This totally reminds me of President Uchtdorf's talk from October 2015 General Conference.. which you should re-read. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/it-works-wonderfully?lang=eng) WE HAVE THE RESTORED GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.. there is always something to be excited about.
If you are having a hard time.. START WITH WHAT YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR. Really think about it, write down the blessings you receive, and thank your Heavenly Father.
I love you all and hope you have an incredible week. You can do this!
XOXO.. --Alec Marie