Friday, February 6, 2015

Burdens of Another

This is a continuation of The Invitation, a  previously posted blog challenge.  We are now on Day 5.  Please feel free to read the other days and start at anytime! Incorporate this challenge to fit you!  Weekly, monthly, daily however it will work for you!

 All material is original blog material written by Dixie. ( I just borrowed the idea ;)   Scripture suggestions are from my personal study, all thoughts and challenges are from my personal history and my future as I too continue to strive for more closeness to Christ.

Thought for the day:  The life of Christ was not about himself, but what he could do for others.  His ministry upon this earth was about healing, teaching, compassion, and finally in the end, taking upon himself the burdens of all; that all might be saved if only all would believe in him.  Yet, to believe in him, to truly have faith, requires that we become like him, in all aspects.  That we learn to walk as he walks.  Today let us in our activities, in our lives, in our busyness, put off the natural man for a moment and walk as Christ walks; even let us bear up one another’s burdens.

When we were baptized we entered into a covenant with God. We promised to take upon ourself the name of Jesus Christ, keep His commandments, and serve Him to the end.  We promised that we would not only serve in certain ways that we think of when thinking of service; but that we would promise to be “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and “willing to mourn with those that mourn … and comfort those that stand in need of comfort”.

Penny in the shoe:  today, every time you feel the penny in your shoe, think to soften your heart, look at others as you want Christ to look at you….

challenge for the day:  as you soften your heart, open yourself up to be able to help another bear their burdens.  Prayerfully consider someone you might help.  It might not be something big or tragic, that is needed, it may only be a smile and few kinds words, or a dinner preparation, a ride to the store or doctor, a visit to lonely elderly in a nursing home, just anything.  But find a way you can ease the burden of someone else.  However, be not weary in doing so…..

suggested Scripture Reading.  (reading made easy just click a link :)  Galatians 6   Galatians 5:13–14  Mosiah 18:8

Journaling Thought:  How can I emulate His love to those around me?

Try to See World from Others’ Perspective

Contributed By Church News
  • 18 October 2013
Ashley England and her family went to dinner at a pizzeria in China Grove, North Carolina, this September and received what the local television station, WBTV, called an “unexpected” note from a fellow patron.
Mrs. England’s eight-year-old son, Riley, “is non-verbal and has been through three major brain surgeries for a severe form of epilepsy,” according to WBTV. During dinner the boy began to get “a little rowdy.”
“He threw the phone and started screaming,” Mrs. England told WBTV. “The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us—especially with public outings. Riley was getting loud and hitting the table, and I know it was aggravating to some people.”
Then, just as the family was ready to pack up and leave, a waitress appeared.
“‘I’ll try to do this without crying,’ the waitress told the family. ‘But another customer has paid for your bill tonight and wanted me to give you this note.’
“The note read: ‘God only gives special children to special people.’”
In the weeks following the report, a photograph of the note went viral.
That message, articulated in just one sentence to a frustrated family, has relevance for all of us. It demonstrates compassion and understanding—offered at a time when a family needed both.
“We hear what people say, we see what they do, but being unable to discern what they think or intend, we often judge wrongfully if we try to fathom the meaning and motives behind their actions and place on them our own interpretation,” said President Spencer W. Kimball (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball [2006], 95).
The England family doesn’t know who paid for their meal or left them the note. Maybe it was someone who has also raised a special-needs child or who loves a special-needs child. Maybe it was someone who has been embarrassed by a child in public. Or maybe it was someone who simply took the time to imagine what it would have been like to occupy a chair at the Englands’ table.
In the final pages of the classic novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, the narrator, a little girl nicknamed Scout, finds herself on the front porch of her neighbor Boo Radley’s home. As she turns to leave, she discovers she has never seen her neighborhood from this angle before. It looks different. Just seeing the world as Boo sees it helps her understand Boo a little better.
She realizes her father—who urged his children to try to see life from another person’s perspective before making judgments—was right.
“One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them,” Scout said in the novel. “Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.”
Having learned the important lessons of compassion and understanding, Scout concludes there is really nothing else for her to learn—except algebra.
The advice, from a fictional attorney living in the height of the Depression in Maycomb, Alabama, is just as relevant in our own wards, stakes, neighborhoods, and communities; we face problems we would understand better if we saw the world around us from our neighbors’ front porches—or from their tables at the local pizzeria.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said that in our associations we should build and strengthen one another.
“It is a responsibility divinely laid upon us to bear one another’s burdens, to strengthen one another, to encourage one another, to lift one another, to look for the good in one another, and to emphasize that good,” he said (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [1997], 45).
President Thomas S. Monson has asked Latter-day Saints to show increased kindness toward one another.
“We have no way of knowing when our privilege to extend a helping hand will unfold before us,” he said during his April 2001 general conference address. “The road to Jericho each of us travels bears no name, and the weary traveler who needs our help may be one unknown.”
That’s the impact a stranger had on the England family, who told a reporter that having one person care about their needs overshadowed the rude and negative comments they often hear.
“To have someone do that small act towards us shows that some people absolutely understand what we are going through and how hard it is to face the public sometimes,” Mrs. England told WBTV.
“They made me cry, blessed me more than they know. … Little did he know what struggles we had been facing lately, and this was surely needed at that moment.”
We could all follow the stranger’s example and take time to imagine what it would be like to sit at another person’s table.
President Monson has extended to each of us the same invitation:
“May we ever be mindful of the needs of those around us and be ready to extend a helping hand and a loving heart” (“Until We Meet Again,” Ensign, Nov. 2008, 107).

This will be a great day!  We will grow!

Love From Dixie! 

The Freedom of Obedience

This is a continuation of The Invitation, a previously posted blog challenge from Dixie Dawn.  We are now on Day 4.

 Please feel free to read the other days and start at anytime! You can incorporate this challenge in ways that will help you.  Work it monthly, weekly, or daily as posted, the important thing is that your relationship with Christ is strengthened.  

All material is original blog material written by Dixie.  Scripture suggestions are from my personal study, all thoughts and challenges are from my personal history and my future as I too continue to strive for more closeness to Christ.

Thought for the day:  As we strive to walk in Jesus’ footsteps, we must work to improve our obedience. As in all things the Savior is our pattern, thus it is also so with obedience.  The Apostle Paul wrote of the Savior:  “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience.”  In our own finite way, we too can learn obedience even as Christ did.  As young children we learn respect for authority as we obey our parents, earning their trust, it is the same with the Lord.  As we learn respect for his authority we must be inclined to obey the principles of his teachings and as we do so, we earn his trust and will be blessed more than we can imagine.  We will become free from the bondage of satan.    When obedience becomes our goal, it is no longer an irritation; instead of a stumbling block, it becomes a building block.  Let us this day begin again to build our relationship with the Savior by looking within ourselves and finding those things, even little things we can change, helping us to become more obedient.

Scripture Suggestions: (reading made easy, just click a link! ) Hebrews 5:8  2 Corinthians 7:15      2 Corinthians 10:5   Romans 6:16   D&C 89:18
1 John 1   John 7   Liberty  Salvation

Challenge for the day:  Use the penny in your shoe to help you think.  As you feel the penny ponder on the things you need to improve within yourself that will help you become more obedient.  At the end of the day pick one thing, just one, and write it in your journal.  Make a plan and give yourself a time frame to work on this one thing and improve on it.  Such as reading scriptures everyday, keeping the sabbath day more holy, prayer twice a day morning and night, changing tv shows you watch or putting the internet after your study and prayer.  Things, even little as they are, can be huge, so improving on them will make a noticeable difference.   As you strive to do this the spirit will come to you and you will be strengthened and changed with a greater understanding for the Principles of the gospel.  Obedience will become a goal not a burden…..expect trouble from satan.  He will play havoc in the lives of those trying to improve and walk with Christ.  However a strong self-discipline and determination to be with the Lord will push him back.  Don’t give up, you can do this.

Journaling thought:  Is there one thing I could do better just for today? Does God simply want us to obey a set of commandments, or does he hope our obedience will build certain character traits?

To Keep you thinking:

Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness. It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater the measure of obedience to God’s laws the greater will be the endowment of faith’ If we desire more faith, we must be more obedient. … Faith requires an attitude of exact obedience, even in the small, simple things. …“Elder Bruce R. McConkie ”

“As patterns of obedience develop, the specific blessings associated with obedience are realized and belief emerges. Desire, hope, and belief are forms of faith, but faith as a principle of power comes from a consistent pattern of obedient behavior and attitudes. Personal righteousness is a choice. Faith is a gift from God, and one possessed of it can receive enormous spiritual power” (in Conference Report, Apr. 2009, 37; or Ensign, May 2009, 39).

This will be a great day leading to even better times!
Love from Dixie