Sunday, December 2, 2001

Alma 7:15

"Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism."
Alma 7:15

We read this scripture during the lesson today in Relief Society... and, you know, I have read it many times before but it seemed different today.  And then I was thinking about it again as they were passing the sacrament.  Probably appropriate, since the sacrament is how we renew the covenants that we make at baptism.  I like the fact that you can repent and show your willingness to repent every week, instead of just once in your life. :)  The part that I liked the most today was the first part... fear not, and lay aside every sin.  Fear and sin do bind us to destruction, and that image popped into my head today in Relief Society... of being tied down to something that is killing you.  It's scary, and really what we are doing to ourselves.  Binding ourselves to destruction... and unhappiness, and limitation.  I think some of the fear is of giving up all of our comfortable sins.  They are what we are used to, what we know.  Laying them aside... we have to rediscover the world.  Rediscover ourselves in many ways.  And discovery is always a little frightening.  But also exciting and intriguing. :)  And really, being out there, learning and doing new things... it helps us to be more at peace with ourselves than we are when we sit at home and wonder "what if?"  Sin is the limitation in our lives... God offers us eternity and freedom to do and be things that are beyond our imagining.  Today... let's not allow ourselves to remain bound to destruction.  Let's instead choose freedom, and light... and possibility.  :)

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