Thursday, January 18, 2001

Doctrine and Covenants 104:13-16

"For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures.
I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine.
And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine.
But it must needs be done in mine own way; and behold this is the way that I, the Lord, have decreed to provide for my saints, that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low."
Doctrine and Covenants 104:13-16

Don’t you love that God explains things to us so patiently sometimes?  We wonder why people go without, and God reminds us that life is a test, and he has made it *our* responsibility to give of our abundance to provide for others.  He has to teach us a little compassion... and, I suppose... if there were no reason for us to be compassionate, we would never learn it.  He expects us to see the inequities in our systems, and find a way to do something about it... whatever the scope.  In learning to become like God, don't you think that is a good test?  When we observe suffering, do we try to relieve it, or do we assume that that person "deserves" it, for some bizarre reason?  If we follow Christ, and do what he did... we will relieve suffering wherever we are... learn about and love people from every social group... give ourselves to the service of others.  God is the greatest teacher of all, and he uses every minute of every day to instruct us.  Not an hour goes by in which there is not a lesson, or a reinforcement of principles learned previously.  Every person we encounter, every conversation we have, every place we go... there are lessons there for us, tailored to our individual understandings and capacities... teaching us to love, to learn about ourselves and the things of this earth... to embrace our spiritual selves, and to deepen our understanding and wisdom.  God never meant us to be single-faceted beings... there is so much out there to learn, and eventually, in the eternal scheme of things... we have to learn it all.  No lesson is not worth our time.  So, today... notice the lessons around you, and remember to sustain the needs of others... as God sustains our needs so carefully and lovingly.

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