Sunday, July 6, 2014

2 Nephi 9:52 -- On Remembering and Rejoicing

"Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice."
2 Nephi 9:52

A reminder today, to remember the words of God. :)  We read them, we hear them.  We even speak them sometimes, but sometimes we forget to carry them with us, and actually apply them to our lives.  A reminder also to pray.  "Continually by day" doesn't necessarily mean that we have to stay on our knees at home all day, although I am sure that is a good choice sometimes.  ... I think the idea here is to, again, remember God all the time.  When we're driving, instead of letting some other driver get on our nerves, let's talk about it with God.  At school, when we're having a tough time mastering a concept, or communicating with an instructor... let's talk about it with God.  At work, at the store, on the bus, in the subway, walking on the moon... wherever we are.  Let's remember God, and talk about things with him.  That not only helps us remember, but gives God the chance to talk us down, or to insert himself between us and our sometimes cruel instincts.  And, whatever we're doing at night, let's also remember God then.  Let's remember that we never check our religion at the door; we never leave God behind.  And I think that if we do those things, that is what leads us to "let your hearts rejoice."  ... I think sometimes our hearts want to rejoice, but we get in the way with distractions and anxiety and we're stressing about this or that, or we allow ourselves to get angry with people on the internet, or whatever it is. ;)  And sometimes, just getting out of the way of our hearts... letting go of the negative emotions and remembering God... we're finally allowing ourselves to do what we wanted all along.  Rejoice. :)
Today, let's remember God.  Let's pray... and let's allow ourselves to rejoice.

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