Monday, October 26, 2015

D&C 82:17-19 -- On Seeking the Interest of Our Neighbors

"And you are to be equal, or in other words, you are to have equal claims on the properties, for the benefit of managing the concerns of your stewardships, every man according to his wants and his needs, inasmuch as his wants are just—
And all this for the benefit of the church of the living God, that every man may improve upon his talent, that every man may gain other talents, yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast into the Lord’s storehouse, to become the common property of the whole church—
Every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God."
Doctrine and Covenants 82:17-19

This is a good reminder that we're interconnected.  God asks us to be equal.  To him we are, but in order to be so in practice requires a lot of effort on our parts to help those in need, and to make sure that all of us have opportunities to develop our talents and become more than we are.  I like the idea that God wants us to seek the interest of our neighbors... and as we learn in the story of the good Samaritan, it requires action to be good neighbors to each other.
Today, let's think seriously about the interests of the people around us.  Let's figure out how we can help someone else overcome obstacles that are getting in the way of developing talents or satisfying needs.  We won't be able to snap our fingers and solve everything at once, but what we do matters to the individuals that we help, and overall, the small things that we do for others add up, over time, into a better world.  Let's help God bless people's lives.

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