Our lives are full of change. It’s the one variable that we can always depend on no matter what. From the minute we are born, our lives are in a constant state of change and it’s part of God’s plan for us. But in that Change, there are a lot of choices to be made by each of us. We are met with choices every single minute of every single day! So how do we know how to make the right choices for us to bring forth the change that is intended by God for us in our journey? For me it really comes down to two categories; One, what are we willing to sacrifice for our salvation, what changes are we willing to make? And two, what choices will we be willing to make in order to get where God wants us to be?
Over the past several years my husband and I have been in a constant state of change and upheaval in our lives. We have had to make many choices along this journey that we never thought we would be confronted with. Sacrifices that have been required in order to move closer to where we need to be. We have felt like we are on a raging sea at times, where you can’t see the bow of the boat for the waves that are coming over the top. But then at other times, the waters seem calm and serene pushing us along steadily in the direction we are meant to go. It is a trip not met without some sea sickness, lol, and a lot of opposition which makes change and choices for that matter, even harder. But through it all, I have found that one of the most important ways that we can learn to calm the waves and make those tough decisions is to rely even more heavily upon our savior. In the Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ) we read:
And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.
Our Savior will never, ever lead us astray. If we pray to him with our full hearts, with real intent, He will show us the direction that we need to go. And even though, through those choices comes much change we are able to withstand those changes because he will make are burdens become light and our weaknesses become strong.
27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness . I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them… (also found in the Book of Mormon)
Did you catch that first sentence? And if men come unto me… We are the ones that need to do the walking here. It is us that walk away from Christ and it us that walk toward Christ. We are the ones that make that critical choice! That is so important to understand. So many times we can be caught saying why me, why this, why now? And to be clear, I’m not saying that there aren’t many things that reach beyond our control. Most certainly there are many! But how we choose to face those changes along this journey that we call life, is so important when realizing the sacrifices that we have been required to make. There is always a purpose in God’s plan for us.
The one thing that is so great about choices is that if chosen carefully and with our salvation in mind. We can literally feel our lives being molded by our maker and that’s not always a comfortable place to be. Change never is. In fact being uncomfortable is part of his plan for us. It’s the only way that we truly grow and become stronger more capable individuals. So I challenge you to get uncomfortable today! Make that your choice, “I will do something today that will bring me closer to where God wants me to be”. And then prepare yourself for the molding and the change that will take place. And remember, God doesn’t make mistakes! Move forward with faith!