Tuesday, March 7, 2000

2 Nephi 9:50-52

"Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea come buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy.  Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.
Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night.  Let your hearts rejoice."
2 Nephi 9:50-52

So, we are on a happiness theme now.  Have you ever noticed how it is impossible not to repeat some theme... the scriptures are FULL of themes, and it seems like the Lord never just teaches one principle, he is always teaching how this fits into this other thing that we already know... he is SO amazing. :)
Let your hearts rejoice. :)  cool.  and *why* are we rejoicing again... oh, well that is the rest of the scripture. :)  we are rejoicing because God wants us all to come to him... the waters of righteousness, he wants us to come even if we feel like we have nothing to offer... he invites us anyway... he says "I see worth in you, even if you don't" and that worth will buy us anything that we need... eternity even, if we come unto him.  The only way we won't get it is if we refuse his invitation.
So, if God offers us everything... then we shouldn't be spending our money, or our worth, our souls... our hearts... for things that are worthless, and that have no power to satisfy (reminds me of this play I saw last week about a guy who searched his whole life for satisfaction).  I think that I do that way too often... dedicate money, or so much time and effort... or my heart and soul... to something that I know is temporary, that will fall apart... you know, like ice cream.  seriously, how long can it solve your problems? :)
So God says, hearken... listen to what I say.  I have much much *better* ice cream, and plus, it's FREE... so *why* are you wasting your time with some plain old vanilla from the grocery store... or even if you have the extra-coolest Ben & jerry's latest flavor... it's a small little carton, and how long will it last you?  Even that tastes like wet cardboard compared to mine... don't waste your time, or your money... when I have flavors that are SO much better, and all of it free, just because I care about you.  He says... come, feast on all the things that you need to nourish your heart, mind, and soul... that will never wear out or go away, that will make you happy... they taste better than wet cardboard, than green eggs and ham, than rare who roast-beast... the food of the Gods.  And when you come, and eat of THIS food... then let your soul *delight* in fatness, fill your whole soul with the taste and the texture of it... rejoice. :)
Remember that God has better things to offer... remember that he offers it to you for nothing.  all you have to do is come to the feast.  and remember to thank him for being so cool to us.... talking to him also helps us to rejoice. :)

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