Sunday, June 30, 2013
I am going to piggy back off of a talk that was shared in sacrament meeting today. It was awesome, to say the least. His focus was on gratitude. The way he taught it, though, was by focusing on the idea of "looking up." This hit me so hard because I realized that once again I had been so caught up in my own problems that I had neglected to express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father. I wanted to sneak out right then and fix this. What I learned from this talk is that we are always going to struggle with something in our lives, and if we look down, Satan will pull us down further. He will blind us from the light that is always surrounding us. But if we can exercise even a little bit of faith by looking up, looking to the Lord, looking to the light, we will be given the power and strength we need to get through anything. This brother also said, however, that even if we are looking up, Satan will still try to pull us down with fear. We have to cast out fear and let faith take over. I came across an article from this month's Ensign that hit this idea perfectly. This is by Elder Brent H. Nielson, and it is entitled: "Move Forward with Faith."