Sometimes, in fact most times, it’s difficult to have the courage to face hard things. Everyday, I wake up and know that I have to do hard things to keep my health in check. For example, working out (which sometimes I just really don’t wanna!), making healthy food choices, (when I really want something full of sugar, like ice cream) and getting good rest (when what I really want is to stay up late and finish that book!).
From the outside those may not seem like things that particularly take courage. Or faith or trust. But living with mental illness (or any illness or hard thing) and knowing that every day might bring something that totally changes everything, takes courage to face.
Especially this time of year when night comes quickly and the weather is gloomy.
I have been so impressed by Nephi, in the Book of Mormon, even more so than usual as I have begun to ponder and pray about the story of his family this year in the Come follow me manual.
Nephi was courageous this was his reply, “I will go, I will do, the things the Lord commands. I know the Lord provides a way, He wants me to obey. (primary songbook, Nephi’s courage)
I have begun to see an overarching theme within Nephi’s personality, or maybe a spiritual gift that he’s been blessed with.
He has the most incredible FAITH in the Lord and then he TRUSTS the Lord with all his heart. So much so that it gives him the COURAGE to follow through with whatever the Lord asks of him. No questions.
I want to follow that example of Nephi, I can say with confidence, “I will take on this illness, because I have FAITH and TRUST that the Lord will take me through it. And the COURAGE to believe that I am going to come out on the other side of this a better person.” Even on the days when it’s really, really hard to see the light.
How would your life be different if you had that kind of faith, trust and courage in the Lord?
And on that same trend of thought; The Lord does so much for US. I mean, sit down and make a list of all the things the Lord has done for YOU in your lifetime. It’s a pretty long list.
Now ask yourself, what do I DO for HIM? Do I love Him? And if so, how do I show it?
Just a few things to ponder about today. And if you feel like it, go back and read Chapters 4 and 17. So much wisdom to be gained.