Thursday, February 23, 2017

Revelation 22:11 -- On Jigsaw Puzzles and the Importance of Now

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
Revelation 22:11

This is talking about God's judgment, and it is similar to Mormon 9:14.  Both talk about filthy and righteous, but instead of unjust and holy, it adds "he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still."  The idea of being, at the judgment and beyond, what we have already become, is a very powerful one.  It focuses us on the now, on what we are doing during this life, and it shows us just how much it matters, because the lessons we learn during our short, temporary stay in mortality are going to stay with us forever, and have a direct bearing on what happens after this.

Today, let's focus on learning the important lessons now, and not push them off for later.  Now is the time that we have, and our decisions affect and shape our eternities.  It feels creepy enough to be filthy for short periods of time... can you imagine feeling that way forever?  Or getting stuck at unhappy and never being able to get ourselves unstuck?  Let's take our time today more seriously, and learn the things that we need to learn.  Not that we can't have some humor in our lives, or find the joy around us.  Not scared-serious or stiff-serious... after all we have to learn to be happy now as well, right?  Just let's recognize how important our lives are, and learn all we can.  It reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle... we jump in and start, get the edges, get the big color differences or major objects, and then when it starts to get sorta hard and we have to look at shape rather than picture, we just stop and leave it on the table for a year.  ... We don't want to be like that poor, abandoned jigsaw puzzle for eternity.  Yeah, some parts of our lessons and development are tougher than others, but they are extra worth it in order to feel whole, and complete, and prepared to meet God.  Let's dive in, and get it done. :)

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