As followers of Christ, we are well acquainted with all the things we need to do in order to be law-abiding members of His kingdom. How familiar are we with the feelings that we should feel as His followers?
There is so much of Christ’s love for us to accept, and joy for us to experience, as we are ready to do so! In Alma 36:20 we are introduced to the joy that replaced pain Alma had been feeling: “And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!”
Alma had spent his life, to this point, persecuting the saints of Christ and living a life devoid of light and truth. He had no comprehension of the goodness and love that was available.
As I go about day to day activities, I’ve become more of a people watcher. It’s interesting to note the ‘vibe’ and the disposition of folks as they come and go; as they interact; and as they carry themselves. Often, it is clear that many who pass me do not yet have that understanding – even in a small way- of who they really are, and how much love our Father in Heaven has for them… Of how much love the Savior has for them.
One lovely quote I’ve seen is this one: “The name of Jesus is the one lever that lifts the world.” Author is unknown. Many have probably shared a similar sentiment in different words. It’s a beautiful sentence!
Jesus Christ lifts up the world and anyone in it. All we need do is ask; seek; commit to Him as much as we are able. He fills in the rest. Where there was darkness in us, we feel light. Where there was despair, we feel hope. The ugliness that once seemed sewn to our mortal soul is beautified with the Savior’s grace and goodness.
As surely as a morning sunrise shines in the skies and lifts our soul for another day, the sunset we may too often feel can be replaced with that same kind of light.