Friday, June 24, 2016

D&C 45:6 -- On Hearing God Today

"Hearken, O ye people of my church, and ye elders listen together, and hear my voice while it is called today, and harden not your hearts;"
Doctrine and Covenants 45:6

This is a good reminder that our test is timed.  Timed tests usually stress me out, actually, and this one too sometimes, but luckily this isn't limited to minutes or hours, but to our lifetimes, and what we can accomplish today, each day.  D&C 64:23 has more clarification about how God might be using the word "today," but no matter how we interpret it, it still reminds us that now is the time to act.

We are tempted in life to procrastinate, to put things off and repent later, or fulfill our responsibilities later, because right now we want to do something else, or it scares us, or we want to wallow in sin just a bit longer... or whatever it is. :)  I think one reason that we get unhappy in life is exactly this though... we put stuff off and off until all of the things that we "should" do are hanging over our heads, with us trying to run away and avoid all of it because it seems so overwhelming.

God doesn't want us to feel this way at all.  But the answer isn't to harden our hearts or just blow off all of our responsibilities and give up either. :)  The way to relieve all of that stress it to just pick something and actually do it.  It doesn't have to be a big thing, but picking something to do today will help us get back on track.  And if we're trying, God will help us get a handle on things, until slowly, we're handling things as they come again, rather than just trying to dodge the fallout. :)

Today, let's find some renewed hope in our lives, and remember that God wants us to succeed, and will help us do so.  Let's listen to his voice as he is telling us that he knows we can do it.  All we have to do is get up, pick one thing, and start.  He'll help us through it, and we'll be okay.  Let's believe him, and get started, while it is called today. :)

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