It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. – André Gide
It is better to be loved of God and hated of the world than to be loved of the world and disappoint God.
This new video, titled “Acting on Inspiration” from MormonMessages, is a beacon of hope to those who feel they are not worthy of forgiveness and to be loved. Regardless of ones spiritual orientation, we can all relate to how we feel when we’ve left the fold and have a desire to come back. It’s difficult. Some say repentance is the hard part. But sometimes, having the courage to come back to church is the hardest. In some instances, repentance is the easy part. I have always attended church on Sundays, but I know how it feels to leave ones family and then try to come back home. It takes courage and determination to keep coming back especially when there has been an estrangement and hurt feelings. But the peace and satisfaction, that feeling that something is missing in my life, came back when I took that first step through the door and gave my loved ones a hug, asking for their forgiveness. It is bittersweet. But oh so worth it.
The time to make up your mind about people, is never. – Philip Barry
I thought today’s quote from http://www.goodreads.com was very applicable to my purpose. “Judge not unrighteously, that ye be not judged: but judge righteous judgment. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (KJV, JST Matt 7:1-2)
So, before you “make up your mind” about your neighbor, take a step back and remember that God is “making up His mind” about YOU.
The greatest commandment is to love God. He has said the way to love him is to love others. “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (KJV Matt. 25:40) ” When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (BOM Mosiah 2:17)
Keeping all the commandments is good, but all that hard work will be for not if we do not possess the pure love of Christ. In the Book of Mormon, Moroni 7:46-47 states, “My beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth…But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever.”
The prophet Mormon warns us that if we are not charitable, we are living a purposeless life. All our other goals and missions in life will fail in the end. Only our charity will endure and stand as our witness at the Judgment Bar.
Let’s try a little exercise: write down your own definition of charity, without using the words “pure love of Christ” and NO DICTIONARY! Ready? Go!
Hard isn’t it? You might put down some words like mine, “devotion to servicing others”. It’s close, but still missing the mark.
The purpose of this exercise is to get you thinking about what charity means and how you can get it. Because, without it, well, we’re nothing.
Mormon also gives us the formula for attaining charity. “Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love,…that when he shall appear we shall be like him,…that we may be purified even as he is pure.” (BOM Moroni 7:48)
The Charity Challenge is to ask myself every day: “Have I done any good in the world today? [Have I prayed for charity?]…If not, I have failed indeed.” – “Have I Done Any Good” (#223, HYMNS of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
I am so excited to tell you a long-held secret. This secret has been held tightly in my fist for so long that I almost forgot it wasn’t really a secret. So what is the not-a-secret secret?
I have a purpose! I exist for a reason!
What is my purpose? To live the commandments of God as they have been taught to me to the best of my ability and help my neighbor do the same.
This blog is one way to fulfill my purpose. Here on this white digital canvas, I will record my purpose in life…to “love the Lord [my] God with all [my] heart, and with all [my] soul, and with all [my] mind…and…love [my] neighbor as [my]self.” – KJV Matt. 22:37,39.