Friday, July 5, 2013

Moroni 7:9

"And likewise also is it counted evil unto a man, if he shall pray and not with real intent of heart; yea, and it profiteth him nothing, for God receiveth none such."
Moroni 7:9

I really like the idea of having to be real with God.  So much of life seems to be based on fakery... "fake it till you make it" type stuff.  We act confident, we pretend to be good at things, we bluff our way through different situations... and not to say that it is all bad.  Often it is good to act good even if you can get there emotionally yet, as long as you are working on it.  However, with God, everything is on the table.  You can't pray a lie... and if we try, it doesn't do any good.  In order to really reach God, we have to be sincerely seeking.  And I think that requires some humility, some openness... some trust that we usually don't have.  We don't want to seem weak in front of others.  We don't want people to know just how dumb we can be sometimes, or how biased, or how messed up.  But God knows already.  And he loves us anyway.  Today, let's practice sincerity.  Even if we only start with God, let's try it.  Let's get down on our knees and tell him how we really feel.  What we really think.  All of it.  And as we work on sincerity, we'll be more in tune to feel the spirit, and to listen to what God has to say to us.  Often, just feeling his love is an overwhelming answer when we are looking for peace and solidity.  And maybe, after we learn to be sincere with God, we might be able to open up to a few other people too. :)  It's hard, after learning for so long to play a part.  But we can't learn to change our hearts if we don't know what we actually feel.  Let's find out.

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