Dinner Topics for Tuesday
Perspective on Life: Look Up, Quotes to Live By
See that ye look to God and live. ~Alma 37:47
HI, THERE! CAN YOU LOOK UP FROM YOUR SMART PHONE FOR A SEC? There! Do you see the Big Picture?
No, it’s not on your smart phone.
Look up—here. Do you see where you are standing? You are standing right in the middle of a battle field!
That’s right. As M. Russell Ballard reminds us, “Remember, we are at war—but not a war of guns and bullets. Nevertheless, the war is real, with countless human casualties. The war is in fact a continuation of the one that began in the pre-mortal world.” AKA, the War in Heaven, as told in Revelation, in the Bible. Kind of scary, to be in a battle where our souls are at stake.
But remember, you are not alone. Here’s a little exercise to do tonight. First, look at the screen on your smart phone. Is your world all wrapped up in that little phone? This is an example of “finite.” If we are prisoners of such a finite, or limited realm, then all our pains, frustrations, sorrows, and disappointments would be a calamity. Hope would be elusive, even missing.
Now, go outside and look up, at the stars. How do you feel? In awe? This is a visual example of “infinite.” The love that Jesus has for you is infinite. So again, no matter what happens, you are not alone. In fact, “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38-39.
The bad news is, we are in the midst of a pitched battle—not just a game of virtual reality. It is real.
But the good news is the Gospel. That’s what “Gospel” means—good news. God lives! He is real. In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that love[s] us, (Romans 8:37) for His love is infinite. He is always there for us, never failing, if we but look to Him, be healed, and live!
Copyright © 2015 by Christine A. Davidson
Stress Relief Tip: Stay on Course
Safety found in living the gospel with exactness
A large passenger jet crashed, killing all 257 people on board, because someone had modified the flight coordinates by a mere two degrees. This placed the aircraft 28 miles to the east of where the pilots assumed they were, and put it directly in the path of Mount Erebus, an active volcano in Antarctica.
“It was a terrible tragedy brought on by a minor error — a matter of only a few degrees,” he remarked. “Through years of serving the Lord and in countless interviews, I have learned that the difference between happiness and misery in individuals, in marriages and families often comes down to an error of only a few degrees.” Dieter Uchtdorf
Quotes to Live By
It is better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent. ~Ezra Taft Benson
Sometimes we need to check our direction and make sure we stay on course. Today, in an age of distractions, David Kupelian notes, “living in a corrupt culture addicted to celebrating pride and rebellion against basic moral values, these influences can make things immeasurably worse for us. As always, the only way out of the great maze of life on earth is upward—by yearning for the Living God and His influence and direction in our lives. Faith and hope come, as the Good Book tells us, on the heels of genuine, sincere repentance.”
“‘We came to know of the constancy of that star. … As the earth turned, the others appeared to move through the night. But the North Star held its position in line with the axis of the earth. Because of those boyhood musings, the polar star came to mean something to me. I recognized it as a constant in the midst of change. It was something that could always be counted on, something that was dependable, an anchor in what otherwise appeared to me a moving and unstable firmament.” ~Gordon B. Hinckley