Monday, June 7, 2010

2 Nephi 31:20 -- On Hope

"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."
2 Nephi 31:20

This is a great verse. Steadfastness in Christ, perfect brightness of hope, love of God and everyone, feasting upon the word, enduring to the end. These seem in this verse to be the ingredients for eternal life. Today the “perfect brightness of hope” stands out the most to me… not that the other ones aren’t part of the recipe, but just that one seems tough. Sometimes I think that we get caught up in the world and we see lots of the bad stuff that is going on and impacting us, but it is hard to see the good… it is hard to hope. A friend posted a quote the other day that said “It will all work out okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end.” And that is pretty much true. God guarantees a good, happy ending to our story. Not to give too many spoilers, but … it is tough, and in some chapters you wonder if it will work out, but the hero overcomes all the obstacles, and prevails. So, let’s get back to our heroic quests. Let’s press forward, believing that Christ offers us a happy ending… and take him up on the offer, feasting upon the words of life. The only way to lose is to lose faith in the characters and stop turning the pages. Let’s endure to that happy ending.

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