This is a picture of me with my grandma just over a year before she passed away. This picture means so much to me. It reminds me of how much I rely on others for strength. First, I rely on God. Second, I truly rely on others to help me each day.
Recently I was given this little book by my sweet visiting teacher, friend, and neighbor. It is called Oh How We Need Each Other by Sheri Dew($3 on Amazon).
The messages in this book have been on my mind a lot lately, so it was so wonderful to read her words. Today’s post will be short & sweet- a thought from her book.
Sometimes, or more accurately, all the time, I compare myself to other women around me. I think somehow that if I acknowledge that they are amazing, then I must not be. What crazy thoughts Satan slips in our minds. We are ALL daughters and sons of God. By divine nature, we each are amazing. We were ALL sent here to Earth with a unique purpose. When we look to God and ask Him what he wants us to do, we will be happier because we are on his errand.
And we need not be jealous of someone else’s errand. Easier said than done, I know. But that should be our goal. I know I am trying harder to achieve this- to feel joyful as everyone reaches their potential. None of us are perfect. And because of that, we need to be patient with each other as we try to follow God’s plan for each of us. I have made an innumerable amount of mistakes- judging/being unkind/failing to follow through on assignments/expecting unrealistic things of others & myself etc, etc, etc. I’ve got a long way to go, so the tally marks keep adding up!
I loved how Sheri Dew spoke of becoming like our Savior.
“Charity is not an emotion or an action. It is not something we feel or do. Charity is who the Savior is. It is His most defining and dominant attribute. It is what enabled Him to endure the Garden and the cross for you and me. It is one of the things that makes Him God. Thus, when we plead for the gift of charity, we aren’t asking for kind feelings toward someone who has wounded us. We are pleading for our very natures to be changed, for our character to become more and more like the Savior’s, so that we literally FEEL as He would feel and DO what He would do. This is why Mormon said that when the Savior appears, those who have been gifted with charity will be like Him, for they will “see him as he is”.”
So today, as you go about your daily, sometimes crazy routine. Take a moment to pray to be as the Savior is. To FEEL and DO. To be filled with that same love He feels towards all. Eyes to see people for who they are…sons and daughters of God.
I love you all, and thank you so much for reading my words, thoughts, and stories. I believe we can receive strength from each other. We cannot make it through this life without each other and especially not without God. On this last visit with my Grandma, she made sure that we had family home evening. She, even in her 90’s, prepared a beautiful lesson, activity, and treat for my family. Her example of serving and loving as the Savior loved was crystal clear. She led by example. And someday, I hope to be able to love so freely as she did.
Life is Good. Share the Good.
PS You’ll want to stop by tomorrow for another beautiful Wednesday story from my dear friend Mary.