Thursday, August 15, 2013

Helaman 13:38-39

"But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.
O ye people of the land, that ye would hear my words! And I pray that the anger of the Lord be turned away from you, and that ye would repent and be saved."
Helaman 13:38-39

This seems harsh, but maybe it is something we should think about.  How often, really, do we keep seeking things that we can't have?  Usually we know we can't have it, but we keep trying for it... unfortunately similar to a toddler reaching for the hot stove.  We scream and cry and fight for things that will just burn us in the end.  I think we do the trying to find happiness in iniquity thing a lot too.  We try to believe that this temporary high, or that brief emotional intensity are really the building blocks of true happiness, if we just keep putting one on top of another, someday we'll get there.  But (again) it doesn't work that way... lasting happiness doesn't come from illusory and temporary seeds.
Let's take a real look today at what we are reaching for, and how we are trying to build happiness in our lives.  Let's make sure God is involved in both efforts; let's repent of the dead-end paths we've been on, and start toward something better.

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