Monday, January 12, 2015

D&C 18:15 -- On Finding the Path to Joy

"And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!"
Doctrine and Covenants 18:15

There is some great stuff in this section.  Right before this, God reminds us that the worth of souls is great, and that Christ suffered and died for us so that we could repent.  Repentance is a huge gift, which is highlighted in this verse.  Even if we spent our whole lives just trying to help one person, and we were successful in helping them to repent... even for that one, our lives would have been well spent, and we would have great reason to rejoice.
Sometimes I think that we really forget how important we are to God... and how important other people are too.  God didn't die for all of us for fun.  He went through all of that for a reason... because he loves us and wants us to return to him, and to have all the joy that he can offer us there.  Nothing else can compare.  Nothing we can reward ourselves; nothing that anyone else can offer.  Only God.  And he loves us and doesn't want anyone to be left out.
Today, let's remember how worth it it is to help others, and to make the effort ourselves, to return to God.  Our whole lives would not be wasted if all we ever did was inch our way to him, or help one person turn in his direction.  Let's work towards that kind of joy, and engage in that kind of effort... the kind that is never pointless, that can never be wasted or worthless.

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