Sunday, July 2, 2000

Alma 37:34

"Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in heart; for such shall find rest to their souls."
Alma 37:34

I don't know about you, but that rest to the soul sounds pretty good. :)  Not that I am having a bad day, I'm not at all... maybe it was hiking yesterday, my whole being wants some rest. :)  But anyway, it is interesting to me *how* you get the rest here... by not being weary. :)  keep doing good, and even if your body is exhausted, you can still be renewed and refreshed.  When we give to others and work on helping someone else, I think it seriously takes the focus off of ourselves.  And when we aren't thinking obsessively about ourselves, we get a lot more rest.  :)  I think also you probably just feel a lot more satisfied with yourself when you are helping people and making a difference.  helping yourself is good, but it gets pretty boring when you do it all day every day... might as well take a break and do some good works... get some serious rest to your soul. :)  Really, aren't there days when sleep doesn't seem to make a dent in your exhaustion level... and then days like today when you can go to church or go up into the mountains, and know that you will come away feeling better... rested, relaxed... ready to face things again? :)  I know it isn't like that all the time, but the thing is... it can be.  We need spiritual rest just as much as we need physical rest... and spiritual rest is being close to God... is serving his children... is feeling his peace.  If you haven't had that kind of rest in a while, of course you are grumpy and tired spiritually.  Treat your spirit better.  Treat yourself better.  Get some rest. :)

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