Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Hardest Thing to Give

So I think I've mentioned that I write articles for my local newspaper. Well here is a piece of one of my recent writings....I think some people may hate my article and a lot of people may not read it because they're usually fairly spiritual. But these are my thoughts. This is what I'm thinking about most of the time and when I try to come up with a new topic, one that I love, then I always, without fail, think of something that somehow relates back to my Savior and my God. So....sorry about it. Except for not really. This is the biggest part of who I am. This is the way my mind works. This is me.Anyway, read on for the article... 

         Fully submitting myself to the will of my Heavenly Father is a difficult thing for me, especially when it isn’t at all what I had in mind for myself. I continually am going through experiences that challenge my faith by being asked to give something good up, for something better. That seems like it would be easy, but it’s not. It’s not always easy to remember that, as C.S. Lewis said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” This is a principle that I don’t think I’ll ever have perfected, a lesson that I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand.
             Yet, it proves to be true. Every. Single. Time. I am always happier when I sacrifice my will, my pride, my plans, my time, my life to my Father in Heaven. I gain more faith in His plan for me and grow closer to my Savior when I do so.
            Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.”
            That’s something that I need to change: my mindset. The sacrifices I have made and am making, the sacrifices I have yet to make…well they’re not sacrifices at all. They are investments. Investments that will make me so much more than I currently am, so much happier than I ever have been.
            Some investments are smaller, easier and, as in stock investments, produce fewer results. Then there are those that seem huge, looming and dangerous. Yet, it is those that yield the richest rewards.
            He will ask us the hardest thing to give, but once we muster the courage to make that sacrifice, that investment, the results are beyond comparison. But they will be hard. And, many times, it will hurt. It is in these moments that I have come to see that there is one who truly understands, He who also called out to His father for strength.
Like my Savior before me also knew, I can do nothing but rely on my Father in Heaven. It is then that I truly come to know my Redeemer and it is only then that I come a little closer to becoming all that my God would have me be.