Saturday, April 23, 2016

Alma 37:44 -- The Path to Eternal Bliss

"For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land."
Alma 37:44

Eternal Bliss.  Those are strong words.  And they are also what *all* of us are looking for, right?  We just want to be happy... blissful, forever. :)

We don't always look for happiness in the same ways, or even in places where it can be found.  That's theoretically the goal of a lot of us when we use drugs, gamble, or pursue extramarital relationships.  Sometimes we really think that we can find it in those ways, and sometimes even after we learn we can't, we keep trying the same way because it's a temporary high... higher than our seemingly mundane lives.

God tells us the real way to get to eternal bliss right here.  And hey, I know it is sometimes hard to believe that God knows the way and we don't.  I think though, as much as we have failed to find it on our own, God's way deserves a chance.  And the cool thing is that when we give it that chance, it actually works.  God's been doing this God thing for way longer than we've been alive, and he knows what he is talking about.  Even the things that seem trivial in the midst of God's rules, they matter, and they can help us if we are willing to sincerely follow them.  We can still pursue other things if they are good... hobbies, professions, interests.  Those go along with God's words.  He wants us to develop our talents.  We also have to listen to him on the things that we don't really start out wanting to do though.  Reading our scriptures is kind of a prerequisite to knowing his word.  And we have to break it off with those bad habits.

Today, let's realize that the path to eternal bliss is the path to God, and let's stop letting ourselves get sidetracked trying to get there another way.  It won't ever work.  Christ is the way, and he's willing to lead us there, if we can work on becoming willing to follow.

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