Sunday, January 31, 2016

Alma 32:20-21 -- On Hope and Faith and Dreams

"Now of this thing ye must judge. Behold, I say unto you, that it is on the one hand even as it is on the other; and it shall be unto every man according to his work.
And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true."
Alma 32:20-21

This scripture makes me think, today, about imagination... about having a dream, and then making it reality.  Like an artist or sculptor, or painter, or entrepreneur, or a kid with LEGOs.  Really, anyone.  Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, which are true.  A true dream, that we can make happen.  Of course faith in God is more than that, because he's already real, and he can take our dreams of peace and unity and a more perfect world and he can make them happen... but part of it is us, because as we dedicate ourselves to God, we help in his work.  We are part of that better world.  Part of making the happy ending happen.  And lots of our dreams are of things that God promises us, or encourages.  He wants us to develop our talents, and he wants us to build happy families, and he wants us to be happy.  Our dreams don't have to conflict with God's plans.  In fact, they will go a lot better if we sync up with him and get on the same page. :)  God wants us to dream... dream of being more than we are.  Dream of helping the people around us.  But he doesn't want us *only* to dream.  He wants us to work... and it shall be unto us according to our work.  Today, let's have hope, and faith, and let's see if we can tap into the potential that God sees in us and in the world, and let's dream bigger and better and farther... and then work and work and work to make it happen.  With God's help, we can tap into the truth of how things should be and make it happen.  Let's go forward with hope and faith and dreams. :)

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