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Saturday, June 11, 2011


We don't long for vengeance.  We long for love and peace.  We would rather energy be spent on healing than on fighting.  We get frustrated when you are too tired to heal because you have been spent in the fight.  There is only one battle, at least only one we recognize.   It is the battle between God and Satan.  For us, nothing else exists.  The battle ground is your heart.  The weapon of choice for God?  Love.   Anything other than that will lead away from Him eventually, and the ground will be lost.   It is not because it affects me so much that I hate and abhor violence and contention.  It is because I know the battle is being fought at every moment of the day and when there is not love, then we are losing the war.   I don't, I can't lose this war.  It is the only thing that matters to me, the only thing I truly worry about.  All of the other things are silly prattle.  They truly do not matter. 

We need to give a call to arms, but not to the tools of war...that will just lead more astray and to more pain and devastation.  As is stated in Fiddler on the Roof, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."  We are tired of fighting.  It is a distraction.  It is pointless.   It is Satan's way of keeping you stomping on embers when the fire is blazing behind your back, consuming all that truly matters. DON'T BE FOOLED.  There is nothing, NOTHING that can make things right, but the power of God.  And that will never be found by fighting, contention, war, anger, hatred, malice, etc.

Just as I cringe every time I hear someone call what I have a "disease," I also cringe whenever I hear people speaking of justice, vengeance, and retribution.   It is not what I want, it is not how I feel.  I want peace, I don't care about how others see me.  Yes, it may hurt, but that is nothing.  It doesn't matter to me.  Really and truly it doesn't.   It only matters because it keeps you away.   I DON'T CARE if a single doctor ever sees me.  If the administrations don't want to help me, then God will provide another way.  Moses...yep. It's definitely like Moses. 

Moses was a prince of Egypt.  He was powerful.  He was influential.  He would have always held a position of importance.  We don't know for certain, because there have not been clear records found (at least non that I am aware of) which state Moses' place in Egypt.  But he may have even been Pharoah someday.  Now, as a person, Moses could have made two choices when he discovered the truth about his bloodline.  He could have kept his mouth shut and when he was finally in a position of power, he could free the slaves himself.  Or, he could do what was right to do, have integrity, and choose to be true to who he knew himself to be.  Thank goodness he did!  

The point I am trying to make is this.  Moses could have relied on himself to get the job done.  But he trusted that integrity was an eternal principle and should not be compromised, ever.  So he did what he felt compelled to do.  After years as a shepherd and learning from trial and error, he had a miraculous experience in the mount and learned that man is nothing, and we are all equal before God.  He learned many other things and was given instruction.  Then he became the amazing leader we have record of today.  And now, we have a life-long list of miracles done by the hand of God.  

Moses, doing things his way would mean no record, no one would even know his name....where are the Egypt records?  No one would know who he was.  There would be no great testimony of God and His miracles.  Instead, if there were anything, it would be attributed to man.

So out of the analogy.... I can work hard to accomplish something my way, or I can trust God and be an instrument through which His miracles can be manifest.  Or, as someone said, "If you believe you can move a mountain, get a shovel and start digging.  If you believe God can move a mountain, get out of the way."  Too often I find myself in the way when God would have shown His power.  I stepped in because I thought I knew better.   Turns out (I know this will come as a shock to some of you), I don't really know better than God!  Imagine that!  I know I'm being a bit sarcastic, but it is really the truth.  Sometimes we don't realize how audacious we are being and in a very real way we get in the way of God.  Let's get out of His way (meaning let's ask Him what course of action is best to take, and then take it without defining the next ten steps).   Let's speak truth.  Let's heal.  Let's follow our eternal destinies.  Let's be engaged in causes that encourage the love of God to abound in the hearts of the children of men.  

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:52)  Like all of us, Jesus himself had to learn and progress in His understanding.  He had to discover who He was and the nature of His mission on this earth.  Only after the Savior fully understood who He was did His ministry begin.  

In addition to the Savior, there are other great examples of those who have come before us in this struggle.  It was not until after Moses learned his identity and mission that he lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.  Every person who has done the Lord’s will had to first know who they were in the Lord’s plan and the mission He intended for them.  Through prayer and study of the scriptures, you will begin to see yourself and your participation in the great plan of the Lord the way He sees you. 

Don't let life turn your head from side to side, spinning and trying desperately to find the direction you ought to head in.  God knows the end from the beginning, all is as one before Him.  There is nothing that is a surprise to Him, nothing that can catch Him off guard.  If you will follow each step, magnifying it as best you can, and then staying on that path until He gives you the next step, then you will have peace and you will know where you ought to be.  The point will be abundantly clear...

"For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.  
Yea, and I also exhort you, my brethren, that ye be watchful unto prayer continually, that ye may not be led away by the temptations of the devil, that he may not overpower you, that ye may not become his subjects at the last day; for behold, he rewardeth you no good thing.   
And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you to have patience, and that ye bear with all manner of afflictions; that ye do not revile against those who do cast you out.....lest ye become sinners like unto them;  
But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.

The Book of Mormon; Another Testament of Jesus Christ, The Book of Alma 34:32, 39-41

*This is a blog about my own life and my own experience.  If you choose to follow anything written here, you do so without any claim on me for problems or complications that may arise.  I am not a doctor.  I have no degree.  I am not a professional.  This is my perspective and experience, that's all.  If you don't think you should do something on here, then don't.*

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